Zimbabwe Celebrates the Return of the Italian Masters Artworks

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.

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