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Giulio Rosati


Italian Orientalist, Academic Classicists Painter

Studied at the Accademia di San Luca under Dario Querci and Francesco Podesti. 

Stylistically influenced by the following paintersPaul Delaroche, Franz Xavier Winterhalter and  Thomas Couture


The Orientalist Style

Giulio Rosati paintings show a love fpr the colors and exoticism of the Orient.  He was a genre painters well as a figure painter. Rosati depicted exotic woman lounging about on silk cushions waiting for their sultan to summon them to the love chamber.  Despite the authenticity which Rosati painted his harem girls, Persian rugs and Moorish architecture, the painter rarely left his drab studio. He found inspiration in stories, photographs, etchings, Arabic trinkets and his own imaginative fantasies. His seated Arab figures dressed in robes and sporting turbans suggest an exotic Arabic setting. Like other Orientalist painters he romanticized the East.


Description of the Academic Classicism Painting style

Followers of this movement were influenced by the high standards of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, which practiced under the movements of Neoclassicism and Romanticism Academic Classicism attempted to merge both techniques to create the perfect style. It is characterized by adhering to a strict manner of painting, following narrow compositional rules and delicacy of color. The atmospheric effects are sumptuously luminescent. According to art historian, Walter Pater " To produce such effects at all requires all the resources of painting, with its power of indirect expression, of subordinate but significant detail, its atmosphere, its foregrounds and backgrounds."

Related Painters

 Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky, 1817-1900

Adolphe-William  Bouguereau1825-1905

Charles Emile August  Carolus-Duran, 1837-1917

Leon Francois Comerre,  1850-1916

Pierre-Auguste  Cot 1837-1883

Thomas Couture, 1815-1879

Paul Delaroche 1797-1856

Eugene Fromentin,  1820-1876

Jean Leon Gerome,  1824-1904

 Jean-Paul Laurens1838-1921

 Adolphe Alexandre Lesrel,  1839-1929

Luc Olivier Merson,  1846-1920

Hans Makart,  1840 - 1884

Giulio Rosati,  1858-1917

 Franz Xavier  Winterhalter, 1805-1873

William Clarke Wontner, 1857-1930

Fritz  Zuber-Buhler, 1822-1896

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