By Crystal Ruraka
Zimbabwe-National Gallery of Zimbabwe today celebrated the Return of The Italian Masters artworks which was donated by the Late Sir Stephen Courtauld who was the National Gallery of Zimbabwe leading patron, marking it as a historical event for Zimbabwe.
The return of the artworks to the National Gallery of Zimbabwe’s Permanent Collection has basis to the seed planted by Sir Courtauld of enhancing Zimbabwe relationship with a number of European countries through the belief that “Art brings people Together” thus ” Zimbabwe Meets Italy”.
The creative painting exhibiting alongside other Zimbabwean Artists date to the late Renaissance to the Baroque showcasing the authentic impulse of Andrea Piazza also known as Cavaliere, Paolo Veronese also known as Paulo Caliari who developed a naturalist style of painting, influenced by Titian and Giovanni Paolo Panini known for his interest in the city antiquities.
Officiating the graceful event Acting Italian Ambassador to Zimbabwe Roberto Franceschinis said, “celebrating the homecoming of the artworks, celebrated great achievement done by Sir Court and also the artist beautiful work.
“The artworks we are gathered here for integrate a remarkable collection of some of Italian great work aimed at stipulating dialogue of history and contemporary issues of local and global relevance.”
The creative artworks arrived in London in 1999 from Zimbabwe after the Director of Museum and Collections of the English Heritage had been borrowed for display during the restoration of the Eltham Palace in South of London.