Painting, published, oil on canvas, with dimensions of 90 x 110 cm without frame and 100 x 120 cm with coeval frame depicting Moses trampling on the pharaoh's crown by the painter Antonio Arrigoni (Vicenza 1664 - Venice 1730).
A pupil of Antonio Zanchi and Antonio Molinari, the artist was particularly influenced by the master's art, hence the dark taste and robust naturalism of the first works. However, in Amigoni there is a renewal capable of updating the taste of the previous generation in an eighteenth-century key, which will belong to the Piazzetta, but at the same time allowed that rocaille modulation that with Pellegrini will take on a European diffusion. Therefore, it is very important to acknowledge the artist the merit of having made possible, in affinity with Sebastiano Ricci, the subsequent course of Venetian art. where the accentuated theatricality of the gestures, the clear palette and the fluidity of the brushstroke decree the full liberation from the dark culture.
His training takes place in the workshop of the molinari in an attempt to overcome the gloomy tones of the master. The path towards an early baroque will be assisted by Sebastiano Ricci with whom he was often confused.
In this painting the artist demonstrates that he has freed himself from the seventeenth-century naturalistic culture, reaching happy results of colorism and showing off chromatic delicacies never seen before.
The canvas in question belongs to Arrigoni at the height of his artistic maturity, that is in the moment of transition between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries similar in the warm and modulated color in the scenic setting as in his best types of works.
This work is a notable example of his realism in a baroque key with its brightness typical of this taste in balance between dramatic emphasis and effects of sparkling vivacity and in those contrasts the painting finds its beauty.
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