ZAIS, Giuseppe
(b. 1709, Forno di Canale, d. 1784, Treviso)

Landscape with River and Bridge

c. 1740
Oil on canvas, 97 x 143 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

In the 1740s the rustic scenes of Zais acquire a simplicity and sincerity more like the pastoral scenes of Zuccarelli with their more light-hearted themes and softer colour. Landscape with River and Bridge is a fine example of the balance of colour and atmosphere achieved by Zais in his works of this period. Here the traditional composition and classical composure of this carefully staged landscape are enlivened by a rustic element, as is often the case in the works of Zais.