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Morning Stories, Eugenio Zampighi

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A girl reads the newspaper to her grandparents in this oil by Italian artist Eugenio Zampighi

Key Features

  • A beautiful genre scene by Italian artist Eugenio Zampighi
  • Jovial scenes of the Italian peasantry were a favorite theme of Zampighi's works
  • The hallmark of every Zampighi composition is the tremendous attention to detail
  • Morning Stories is exemplary of Zampighi's highly sought-after paintings
  • Signed "E. Zampighi" (lower left); Oil on canvas; Circa 1900
  • Canvas: 25 3/4" high x 32" wide; Frame: 34 1/4" high x 40 3/8" wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C:32 F:403/8 Inches
  • Height:
    C:25 3/4 F:34 1/4 Inches
  • Period:
    20th Century
  • Origin:
    Italy
  • Subject:
    Miscellaneous
  • Artist:
    Other
Eugenio Zampighi
1859-1944 · Italian 

Morning Stories

Signed "E. Zampighi" (lower left)
Oil on canvas 

Innate charm and brilliant technical skill distinguish this outstanding genre painting by Italian artist Eugenio Zampighi. Entitled Morning Stories, a girl proudly reads the day's news to her attentive grandparents as the house cat and a chick look on. Zampighi is known for his endearing scenes of the Italian peasantry that he rendered with a tremendous attention to detail and in various textures.

Zampighi was born in Modena in 1859 and exhibited a great artistic talent at a young age. He enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Modena by the age of 13 and won a scholarship based upon historical scenes he had composed. The scholarship allowed Zampighi to travel to Rome to study further. By 1884 he established his studio in Florence and quickly garnered much acclaim and business success for delightful genre scenes such as the current example.

The masterful depiction of textures became Zampighi's hallmark. In Morning Stories, from the texture of the fur on the cat, the sheen on the edge of the glazed pottery on the shelf, to the wrinkles and folds of the subject's clothes, every element is completely conspicuous. The artist's use of thin glazes, versus heavy impasto, allows Zampighi to render the specific tactile qualities of every object with stunning realism. 

Canvas: 25 3/4" high x 32" wide
Frame: 34 1/4" high x 40 3/8" wide
Painting by William Bouguereau

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