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Giorgio Ventura (also Zorzi Ventura) was an Italian mannerist painter of Venetian school, active mainly in Venice, Istria and Dalmatia at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries.
At present, almost nothing is known about his life, except what written from the cartouche of one of his most famous paintings, a Madonna and Child with Saints Sebastian and Roch, held in the parish church of Izola in which he wrote Zorzi Ventura Zaratino in Capodistria Pingieva 1603.
Born probably in Zadar, Dalmatia in a year unknown, most likely the second half of the 16th century, he left only one painting across the Dalmatia: the Virgin with Six Saints in the small church of the Franciscans on the island of St. Paul, near Zadar.
Traditionally it is believed that its activities in Venice and Istria had begun in 1598, when he signed and dated an Ultima Cena now kept in the parish church of Fažana. In 1607 he signed his latest Istrian work: the Concert of St. Cecilia in the church of St. Cecilia of Vabriga (close to Poreč). He is no more mentioned in the following years.
Ventura knew and studied Vittore Carpaccio and Girolamo Santacroce. The architecture and the background of the paintings of Izola and Villa Decani suggest the knowledge of other painters of the Venetian tradition.
In addition to the already mentioned painting, the following are attributed to Giorgio Ventura:
Our Lady of the Rosary (apotheosis of Christian victory at Lepanto) - Parish Church of Višnjan. Signed and dated 1598.,
Madonna with Saints - Church of Villa Decani. Signed and dated 1600.,
Madonna and Saints - Parish Church of Vižinada. Signed and dated 1602.,
Deposition - Church of Vabriga. Unsigned and undated.,
St. Florian - Parish Church of Kubed. Unsigned and undated.,
Kruno Prijatelj, "Note sul pittore Giorgio Ventura", in Arte Veneta, 1971, pp. 272 ss.,
Francesco Semi, "Giorgio Ventura", in Francesco Semi-Vanni Tacconi (ed.), Istria e Dalmazia, uomini e tempi. Dalmazia, Del Bianco, Udine 1992.