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Title Her Bath
Collection Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Artist Attributed to Zocchi, Giuseppe (Italian painter and printmaker, born 1711 or 1717, died 1767)
Date Earliest probably about 1754
Date Latest 1767
Description Giuseppe Zocchi produced a large number of engravings of estates and country houses particularly in Florence and Rome. He studied under Ranieri del Pace and later became a member of the Florentine Academy. In addition to undertaking frescoes for villas and palazzi, Zocchi also designed mosaics between 1754-1760. The inclusion of mosaics in this painting may suggest that it dates from during or after the period when he was working on these designs.
Current Accession Number 1979.1691
Subject figure (nude female, female attendant); interior (bath house)
Measurements 71 x 94 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Miss Elsie Talbot Bridge 1979.
Notes Label on slip front lc Her Bath prof. G. Zocchi, Regional Treasures show at the Royal Academy Lilith by Zocchi. The Royal Academy, London, have no record of this work in any of their exhibitions. 'From 1754 to 1760 Zocchi was employed' along with 'French goldsmith and engraver of precious stones, Louis Siries' to create Florentine mosaics.' Zocchi's task was to paint the designs that would then be transferred into mosaic. 'The two men inaugurated a change of artistic direction by replacing the traditional decorative designs of flowers and grotesques on a black background with scenes incorporating architectural interiors, landscapes and human figures.' Given the very obvious prominence of the mosaic element in this work perhaps it is a later work inspired by Zocchi's collaboration with the mosaic artist. This would therefore give a possible date of execution between 1754 and 1767. Quotes from: 'Zocchi, Giuseppe', Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press, 2 March 2006, http://www.groveart.com/.
Rights Owner Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, Sefton M.B.C. Leisure Services
Author Lisa Howard



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