Eugenio Zampighi (italian, 1859-1944) Favourite Story
PROPERTY OF A CORAL GABLES GENTLEMAN:
EUGENIO ZAMPIGHI (ITALIAN, 1859-1944)
THE FAVOURITE STORY
Oil on canvas, signed.
Height 22in. (55cm.) by Width 30.1in. (76.2cm)
Eugenio Zampighi, (1859- 1944), was an Italian painter and photographer. In his early years, Zampighi was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Modena, and was influenced by the Modenese painter Giovanni Muzioli. He won the Poletti Prize for painting in 1880, and continued his studies in Rome and then in Florence, where he settled permanently in 1884. During the 1880s, he began to produce a repertoire of genre scenes, which had an extraordinary success on the art market and brought him international commissions.
His intense work as a photographer was for the most part geared to his painting and took place mainly in his studio with the aid of models in peasant costume or the dress of the common people. The artist used these photographs to create a joyous and idyllic image of Italian rural life, devoid of any hint of social criticism. His work was appreciated by collectors into the early decades of the 20th century.