Giampietro Zanotti

Dates1674 - 1765

Giampietro Zanotti had an active career as a painter, but today he is best known as a writer. He studied painting in Bologna, where he adopted the distinctive, graceful Rococo palette. Remaining primarily in Bologna, he created classicist paintings of biblical motifs.

Zanotti knew many outstanding scholars and authors and wrote widely on art-related subjects. In 1710 he contributed a defense of Guido Reni's works in a controversy concerning the concepts of "delicateness" and "weakness" in painting. His written works also include a 1703 biography of his painting teacher; a revised edition of Carlo Cesare Malvasia's famous guidebook, Le pitture di Bolognafrom 1686; and a 1756 book about Pellegrino Tibaldi's paintings.

In 1710 Zanotti became a founding member of the Accademia Clementina; his most famous written work is his two-volume history of the academy, written in 1739. The Accademia's goal was to instruct young students in the tradition established by the Carracci, most notably in retaining Bologna's excellence in life drawing from the nude. Most of Zanotti's later books also related to his activity in the Accademia.