Kristian Zahrtmann (1843-1917)

When Zahrtmann first visited Italy (1875 - 78) he concentrated on genre painting, using ripe and heavy local colour to develop a personal style, which was often criticized for being over gaudy. Although the narratives of his pictures are imaginary, he never painted without a model, which often makes his compositions overcrowded. His portraits are among his best works. From 1884 to 1913 he regularly visited Civita d'Antino in Abruzzo (where he was made an honorary citizen in 1902), often accompanied by students from his School of Painting.