The realism of Verona Zannoni is influenced by the examples of N. Nani influence that starting from 1874 as Professor of the Academy of Verona the local environment. In general Zannoni does not give a sentimental streak and anecdotal – as often happens in the work of Nani – but he remains focused on representations of convincing slice of life of the common people.
Fidelity to the realistic fact and maturity of the language used – to underline the strength of color and the dryness of the art – paintings which make Snowfall (Milan, Galleria d’Arte Moderna) and Sunset on the lake (Verona, Gallery of Modern Art ) his masterpieces.
Moreover these are the years of greatest activity of the teacher, at the most important exhibitions where Italian sends historical works, mindful of the teachings of Giuseppe Bertini (Marcus Aurelius presented at the National Exhibition of Naples, 1877), but in particular the production of genre that collected several contemporary critical acclaim (Hunter and fox, illustrated in the catalog of the National Exposition of Milan 1881). In recent years more and more intense activity for the ecclesiastical patron to Verona and its province.