Vettore Zanetti Zilla after training at the Venice Academy, where he learned the rules of landscape painting, followed the models of Giacomo Favretto and Guglielmo Ciardi. In 1898 he made a series of travels throughout Europe that allowed him a substantial update on the most innovative painting trends. Hence the new production with a strong secessionist imprint which, exhibited in the most representative international venues, principally from the Venice Biennale, allowed him to achieve fame.
Paradigmatic of his painting is the technique – a greasy tempera painted with oil also experimented by Pietro Fragiacomo, Cesare Laurenti and Mario De Maria – and the two-dimensionality of the representation that recalls the refined joints of a mosaic. The works in the Berardi Gallery, both dated to 1927, belong to a later period and testify to Zanetti Zilla’s love for the genre of still life, sumptuous in its bright colors and elegant in its sophisticated subjects.
On the back there is a number of an ancient exhibition and it can be assumed, in fact, that the works were exhibited at the personal exhibition held in 1928 in the Galleria Montenapoleone in Milan, dedicated precisely to still life.