Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666 - 1740)
oil on canvas ovale
Measures (cm): 98 x 78
This Nativity, dating from the second half of the seventeenth century, must be referred to a painter of the Venetian school. The characteristics of the style, the nocturnal setting illuminated by the glow of the candle and the particular chromaticity, lead to the attribution of his paternity to Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666 - 1740).
Painter and engraver, in 1690, passed from Verona, his native city to Rome, where he became a pupil of Carlo Maratta. The artist moved immediately on two fronts, that of the ecclesiastical commission and that of the private commission. The study in Maratta soon turned it into an academic and classical style.
In our painting, a good preservation exalts the quality of the drawing and emphasizes the wisdom of the design, certainly influenced by Bassano and with caravaggesque reminders.
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