Zelotti's Epic Frescoes at Cataio: The Obizzi Saga

Zelotti's Epic Frescoes at Cataio: The Obizzi Saga

Irma B. Jaffe


A sought after author, a grasp painter, and a treasure of artwork that for hundreds of years have been mostly overlooked are introduced brilliantly to lifestyles during this first very important examine of 1 of the nice legacies of Renaissance artwork. The titanic fort at Cataio, approximately thirty-five miles from Venice, was once equipped among 1570 and 1573. a rare sequence of frescoes, painted in 1573, covers the partitions of six of its palatial halls. Programmed by means of Giuseppe Betussi, the 40 frescoes depict momentous occasions within the historical past of the Obizzi relatives from 1004 to 1422. done by means of Giambattista Zelotti and assistants, the frescoes, plus ceiling undefined, are painted in a Mannerist, hugely illusionist kind with such ability that the partitions appear to be home windows wherein one perspectives conflict scenes, weddings, political negotiations, and different episodes within the dramatic historical past of the Obizzi relations. Now essentially the most unique students of Italian artwork takes readers room by way of room, fresco by means of fresco, at the first guided journey of this Betussi-Zelotti masterpiece. Writing with attribute readability, Irma Jaffe combines artwork heritage, iconography, formal research, Italian background, and the tale of the Obizzi relatives in a richly specific esthetic, social and historic creation to the full series.Describing and explaining with spirit and authority the composition and which means of every fresco-each illustrated with complete colour plates-Jaffe additionally illuminates the interesting at the ceilings and overdoors of the nice rooms. In figures that personify virtues and vices, to touch upon the occasions painted at the partitions underneath them, the values of 16th century Italy are mirrored with unusual readability in either the fresco saga and the above. a whole realizing of Mannerism and 16th century portray needs to now contain the contribution of Battista Zelotti. within the scenes at Cataio he finds the probabilities to be had to Mannerist type in his numerous poses of the human determine and of horses, in his number of settings--indoor and outdoors, land and sea--and within the diversity of preeminent 16th century values similar to kin rank and satisfaction, own braveness, and faith which are expressed in his Saga of the Obizzi kin. Zelotti's masterpiece includes the artificiality inherent in Mannerism to a brand new point of theatrical drama. Viewing the scenes of fierce battles, terrific weddings, assassinations, and triumph after triumph, indicates to trendy audience anything of the elegance of grand opera.For Renaissance students and scholars, for artwork historians, for tourists and artwork fanatics drawn to the history of the Renaissance in Italy and within the excellent estates of the Veneto, Zelotti's Epic Frescoes at Cataio: The Obizzi Saga should be an vital creation and consultant to a treasure hidden in simple sight for a few years.

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