Giuseppe Borsato

Giuseppe Borsato (14 February 1771 in Venice – 15 October 1849 in Venice) was an Italian painter, primarily of vedute. Known for his work as the architect, decorator, and painter to the French Imperial Court in Venice.[1]

Life and worksEdit

From 1791 to 1792, he studied with Agostino Mengozzi-Colonna at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

He painted interiors of churches, sometimes in the manner of Canaletto, but was also influenced by his contemporary, Vincenzo Chilone. Among his best known decorative works are those at St Mark's Basilica and Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. In 1807, he and his student, Francesco Bagnara, decorated the Teatro La Fenice. He also painted frescoes in the Palazzo Zabarella during its renovation in 1818, alongside Francesco Hayez and Giovanni Carlo Bevilacqua.

In 1815, his paintings were used in a popular guide to the artworks of Venice, written by Giannantonio Moschini. In 1831, his lectures at the Accademia di Belle Arti were published by the Accademia as Opere Ornamentale.


  • Bryan, Michael (1886). Robert Edmund Graves (ed.). Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical. Vol. I A-K. London: George Bell and Sons. p. 160.
  • Brief biography from the Dizionario Biografico @ Treccani


  1. ^ Tarmy, James (7 March 2016). "Go Inside Venice's Secretive, Elite Palazzos". Bloomberg. Retrieved 22 July 2022.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Giuseppe Borsato at Wikimedia Commons