Antonio Paoletti: kids at work in Venice

Here is a selection of works by 19th-century, Venetian impressionist painter – from the Macchiaioli group – Antonio Ermolao Paoletti (Venice, 1834-1912).

Paoletti – who trained at Venice’s Fine Arts Academy under Pompeo Marino Molmenti – most often painted scenes from lower classes’ daily life in the 1900s and views of the city on the lagoon.

However, there are a number of his works in Venice and the Veneto region where he explored different themes: “The Purification of the Virgin” is an altarpiece for the Church of Santa Maria Formosa; another altarpiece titled “Saint Maternus, Saint Anthony and Our Lady of the Rosary with Child” is in the parish of Melara (Rovigo); various frescoes of his are in the Basilica del Santo in Padua; a curtain for the “La Fenice” theater

The following gallery of Venetian views is dedicated to the presence of children in his paintings, some of whom are seen working as street vendors.

“Romantic” views, describing a dramatic reality.

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"Feasting on Watermelon", oil on panel

"A Venetian ice cream seller", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"Venetian kids", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"Young musicians in piazza San Marco", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"The antique shop", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"Scene with children", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"The exchange", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"Flowers for mother", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"The bird seller", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"Young street vendors", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"The three graces", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"The small fish market", oil on canvas

Antonio Ermolao Paoletti, Venezia e bambini - Venice and kids

"The young orange vendor", oil on canvas

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