Antonio Balestra (Verona, Italy, 1666 - 1740)

16.000 €

Antonio Balestra (Verona, Italy, 1666 - 1740) 

Solomon sacrificing to the idols

Oil on canvas, without frame cm. 74 x 98.5

Biblical scene, unframed painting

Born in Verona in 1666, Antonio Balestra began his training in Rome where he became a pupil of Carlo Maratta (1625 - 1713), an Italian painter active mainly in Rome. Thanks to his apprenticeship with Carlo Maratta he was able to develop a very personal artistic vocabulary, capable of combining Venetian colorism with Roman-style compositional magniloquence. This beautiful painting depicts the story of King Solomon who, old and prey to the temptations of his young wives, decides to turn his devotion to pagan idols. The intertwining of gestures and faces, combined with the colors typically associated with Balestra, makes this work an interesting example of the artist's maturity.

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