|Painter Name||Fausto Zonaro|
|Place of Creation||Italy, Venice|
|Size||140 x 100 cm (4' 7.12" x 3' 3.37")|
|Current Location||Private collection|
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 backdrop. That defies that the hand-fans are not only the possessions of Japanese culture. They were also popular in old times Europe.
In the portrayal, the seller seems buttering the women by his cheesy smile. The woman next to is maybe convening her friend to buy at least one. Thought, the woman with the hand-fan seems undecided. This type of scenes repeats at every corner of this kind of festival-gatherings. The backdrop illustrates the general happenings of people passing by or chatting with each-other.
Today the festival is celebrated in different ways. People gather on a boat or terrace to see the long fire-works. After the fireworks, they go to Lido where they sit on the sands and chat with each-other until the dawn of the next day.
Fausto is famous for his Muslim world’s cultural depictions, among which he stayed for many years. Its good see him working on his own cultural importance to represent and secure them for the future references.