Giambattista Zelotti

Born in Verona in 1526, he was apprentice in Antonio Badile's workshop with Paolo Veronese. With Veronese he realized his first artworks (frescoes of Villa Soranzo in Treville and some ceilings of Ducal Palace in Venice).
Zelotti, whom paintings were in perfect tuning with the ideals of Palladio's projects, was one of the major follower of the architect. His frescoes are in Lonedo (Villa Godi), in Pojana Maggiore (Villa Pojana - atrium and barrel vault room), in Mira (La Malcontenta), in Franzolo (Villa Emo), in Caldogno (Villa Caldogno).
Main aspect of Zelotti's frescoes is the illusionistic taste: walls are scanned with architectonic elements that frame landscapes with ancient history facts, mythological scenes or ordinary life sights. So the scenic illusion breaks wall's limit and allows to space in nature, underlining the harmonious link with landscape.
Zelotti painted others important decorative cycles: the lost frescoes of façade of Monte di Pietà in Vicenza and those of Castello del Catajo in Battaglia Terme.
He died in Mantova in 1578.

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