Fausto Zonaro

NationalityAustrian, Italian
SkillsSeptember 18, 1854 (Masi, Padua, Austrian Empire)
Born19 July 1929 (Sanremo, Italy)
Painting StyleOrientalism, Realism

Paintings of Fausto Zonaro

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Around 19th century, people of Istanbul used to have scribes to write or read their letters as they had very low literary knowledge. This oil-on-canvas painting shows one of those days. Artist Fausto Zonaro was born in Masi, which was in Austrian Empire, in 1854. He was very much interested in painting from the beginning and his parents decided to encourage his skill. After learning in a Fine arts Academy in Verona, he opened his own art school in Venice. But he was not fully happy with his way of life. He found the satisfaction in Istanbul. He attained the attention of aristocratic circles and started receiving works from them. Being pleased with his paintings, he got the title of court painter. Now we can […]

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When the plague of 1576 struck on Italy, Doge Alvise I Mocenigo decided to build a massive church if the plague diminishes totally. After plague stopped the church was built and was called as II Redentore. From that time, festival of Redentore began to give thanks for the end of the terrible plague. Italian artist Fausto Zonaro has depicted the same festival of the old times with details. The presented portion of the festival shows a person trying to sell his goods to two beautiful women. Thus, the festival having a terrible history has now forgot the abysmal of the past and people are enjoying the healthy present. We see a hand-fan in the hands of the lady in front and one lady in the […]

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In Islamic culture, there is a concept of Iman. It consist the 6 basic elements. Those elements believe in god, angels, prophets, religious books, Day of Judgment and the ultimate fate pre-decided by God. Anyone who believes and follows these elements is having the Iman. Greatly influenced by Islamic culture while he was living in Islamic country Istanbul, he came to know more about the religion. This knowledge and influence reflects in some of his works. This is an oil-on-canvas portrait of an Imam – Islamic leader and the provider of religious guidance. He seems immersed in the thoughts of godhead. Looking at his half-opened mouth, we can say he is chanting some religious hymns. The raised hand in blessing pose is showing his spiritual […]

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This vivid representation of the 10th day of Muharram is achieved by the well-known Italian painter Fausto Zonaro when he witnessed the ceremony during his stay in Istanbul. He drew most of his picture reflecting the culture in various views and scenes. The current painting is a patent display of that important day for Muslims (Shia) community. The 10th day of Muharram or the Ashura Day is remembered as the day on which Hussein Ibn Ali was martyred in the battle of Karbala. Hussein was an Imam and due to his death Shia Muslims mourns on the day. But, this mourning doesn’t stop at despair but as a demonstration of their sheer dejection Shia Muslims often do flagellation by hurting themselves with lashes or swords […]

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If you are aware of the political games played across portals of power, you may not find too hard to believe that the Bolsheviks were encouraged to make their aggression against Eurasian monarchies by many western minds to gain some sort of control over the region. One of the heroes resisting the rebellious movement was Mahmud Sevket Pasha of Turkey. It raged fiercely in the political arena by the end of 1909, as the rebels were demanding an overthrow of the constitutional monarchy in the Ottoman region. By the time it had gained enough fanning to get violent and conspiratorial, the Pasha was able to subdue the forces adequately, to the effect that it brought an end to the movement and the probable mayhem. However, […]

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