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Fausto Zonaro | Orientalist / Genre painter

Fausto Zonaro🎨 (18 September 1854 - 19 July 1929) was an Italian painter🎨, best known for his Realist style paintings of life and history of the Ottoman Empire.
Born in Padua, Fausto Zonaro graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
He exhibited his work in Italy in the late 1880s before moving to Paris.
In 1891, at his wife's request, Zonaro moved from Venice to Istanbul and settled in a house in Taksim, on the northern bank of the Golden Horn.
He quickly adapted to the Turkish way of life, speaking Turkish, wearing a fez and attending the Selamlðk.
For biographical notes -in english and italian- and other works by Zonaro see: