- Also known as
Antonio Maria Zanetti I
primary name: Zanetti I, Antonio Maria
other name: Zanetti, Antonio Maria I
- individual; painter/draughtsman; printmaker; Venetian; Italian; Male
- Life dates
- Zanetti the elder, q. Girolamo. Collector, reviver of the chiaroscuro woodcut, amateur etcher and caricaturist. Studied with Nicolò Bambini (1651-1736), Sebastiano Ricci and Antonio Balestra, and around the age of 20 he spent some time in Bologna, which initiated his lifelong admiration for Bolognese painting. Thereafter he worked in Venice in insurance, meeting such foreign scholars as Pierre-Jean Mariette and Pierre Crozat and pursuing his interests as a collector. A journey to Paris and London between 1720 and 1722, with a brief stay at Rotterdam, broadened his artistic knowledge and introduced him to European scholars and collectors, with whom he later corresponded. Published series of prints, including sets after Pamigianino and Ricci.
- Grove Art Dictionary
Mariette, Abecedario, VI pp.154-7 (memoir by a close friend)
Articles by Alessandro Bettagno
Zanetti's catalogue of his own library is published in 'Venezia Settecento', studies in memory of Bettagno, 2015, pp.31-6.
List of acquisitions made in 1736 from the collection of Eugene of Savoy is in the Marciana, Venice, Mss Italiani Cl.11, n.116, coll.7356.
Photocopies of the manuscript list 'of the Rembrandt etchings he had acquired from Jan Pietersz. Zomer', extract from volume 7 of Mariette's 'Notes Manuscrites' in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris (Bp.6.34)