Antonio Dal Zotto

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Antonio Dal Zotto (* 1841 in Venice , † February 19, 1918 in Venice) was an Italian sculptor.


The Dal Zotto family comes from Friuli ( Carnia ), which at that time still belonged to the Austrian Empire . The father was a marble cutter. Dal Zotto learned the craftsmanship of his art in his workshop. At sixteen he made a sculpture ( depicting Galileo Galilei in prison). Thanks to her, he is said to have been released from military service. Dal Zotto studied sculpture at the Venice Art School ( Accademia di belle arti di Venezia ). His teachers were Michelangelo Grigoletti (1801–1870), Filippo Ferrari (1819–1897) and Luigi Borro (1826–1880). In 1870 he became a teacher of modeling and anatomy at the Venice School of Applied Arts (Scuola di arte applicata all'industria di Venezia). In 1879 he moved to the Venice Art School. He taught there until his death. He directed it from 1895 to 1912. a. Vito Pardo (1872–1932), the creator of the National Monument in Castelfidardo , the ceramic artist Luigi Fabris (1883–1952) and Max Piccini (1899–1974). Dal Zotto is co-founder (1895) of the Venice Biennale . He married Ida Lessiak (of Hungarian descent), the widow of the photographer Carlo Naya (1816–1882), and took over his studio. After Dal Zotto's death, most of the photographic collection came into the possession of the publisher Osvaldo Böhm. The Carlo Goldoni statue (1883) in Venice is considered Dal Zotto's masterpiece. The artist's grave is on the cemetery island of San Michele.


Goldoni statue in Venice
Grave figure in Bonn
  • Tomb (1875) of the Gyulai family in Budapest
  • Marble bust (1877) of the diplomat Alvise Querini Stampalia (the last ambassador of the Republic of Venice to France) in the Museo Fondazione Querini Stampalia (Museum of the Querini Stampalia Foundation) in Venice
  • Bronze statue (1880) of the painter Titian on the Piazza Tiziano in Pieve di Cadore
  • Bust (1880) of King Victor Emanuel II in the Palazzo del Municipio in Este
  • Bronze statue (1883) of King Viktor Emanuel II in the tower of San Martino della Battaglia, a memorial to the memory of the battles of Solferino and San Martino
  • Bronze statue (1883) of the comedy poet Carlo Goldoni (1883) in the Campo San Bartolomeo square in Venice
  • Bronze statue (1896) of the violinist and composer Giuseppe Tartini on Tartini Square in Piran (Slovenia)
  • Bronze statue (1907) of Doge Sebastiano Venier in the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (Church of John and Paul) in Venice
  • Winged Venetian marble lion (1918) on the fountain of the Fontana Maggiore in Piazza Garibaldi in Asolo
  • Bust of Pope Pius IX. in the church of San Fermo near Lonigo ( Province of Vicenza )
  • Marble statue Malinconia (Melancholy) for the pianist, composer and music theorist Ella von Schultz-Adajewsky on the Old Cemetery in Bonn


  • General Artist Lexicon , Volume 5, Rütten & Loening, Frankfurt / Main 1921
  • Guida d'Italia: Venezia , Touring Club Italiano, Milan 1996
  • La Scultura Italiana , an internet presentation ( )


  1. Source: Hugh Honor in Apollo , March 2005
  2. Source: John Hannavy (ed.), Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography , Routledge Chapman & Hall, New York and London 2005
  3. Source: Patrizia Dal Zotto, Antonio Dal Zotto: il monumento funebre per la famiglia Gyulay a Budapest in Venezia Arti (a periodical of the University of Venice ), edition 2005/2006; Patrizia Dal Zotto is probably a descendant of the sculptor and his Hungarian wife Ida Lessiak, hence the connection to Budapest and the Eötvös Lorand University
  4. Alvise is the father of the founder Giovanni Querini Stampalia
  5. the design for the octagonal base comes from the painter Giuseppe Ghedina
  6. the base (Neo-Rococo) comes from the architect Pellegrino Oreffice
  7. created on the occasion of the transfer of the Doge from the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Murano
  8. Source: Benno Geiger, Memorie di un Veneziano , Vallecchi, Florence 1958
  9. here the name is given as "Zotto, del Antonio"
  10. here the sculptor's year of birth is given (probably incorrectly) as 1852

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