Giuseppe Borsato: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Giuseppe Borsato (14 February 1771 in Venice – 15 October 1849 in Venice) was an Italian painter, primarily of vedute.

From 1791 to 1792, he studied taking into account Agostino Mengozzi-Colonna at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

He painted interiors of churches, sometimes taking into consideration Canaletto, but was moreover influenced by his contemporary, Vincenzo Chilone. Among his best known decorative works are those at St Mark’s Basilica and Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. In 1807, he and his student, Francesco Bagnara, decorated the Teatro La Fenice. He as well as painted frescoes in the Palazzo Zabarella during its renovation in 1818, alongside Francesco Hayez and Giovanni Carlo Bevilacqua.

In 1815, his paintings were used in a popular guide to the artworks of Venice, written by Giannantonio Moschini. In 1831, his lectures at the Accademia di Belle Arti were published by the Accademia as Opere Ornamentale.

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