Landscape with a Fountain, Figures and Animals
In this highly idealised scene, various figures and animals gather around a fountain. To the left, in the far distance, the walls and buildings of a fortified town are visible. Zuccarelli creates a contrast between the urban and rural settings, highlighting the pleasures of life in the country.
Zuccarelli spent most of his career in Venice but visited England twice during the 1750s and 1760s and became a founding member of the Royal Academy in London. His warm, idyllic landscapes were enormously popular amongst English collectors.