Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity
Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity

ANTONIO BALESTRA (1666-1740)

Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740) - The Nativity

c. 1700 Italy

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Antonio Balestra
Verona, 1666 -1740
The Nativity

oil on canvas

Measurements (cm.): 64 x 45
framed 86 x 67

This beautiful nativity is attributed to the hand Of the painter Véronèse Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666-1740). Despite spending most of his life in Verona, where he learned the rudiments of art by Antonio Bellucci, Balestra was able to bring his fame well beyond the borders of Veneto;

Thanks to his stay in Rome, between 1691 and 1694, concretely modeled the style and completed his training at the school of Carlo Maratta, to get in contact with a lively contemporary artistic reality.

The nocturnal setting of this painting puts Jesus at the center of the scene, which becomes the symbolic source of light. To her right Mary holds her hands clasped on her breast, while on the left of the figure of St. Joseph emerges behind that of the shepherd. The latter, over the shoulders and knees, keep the baby. His left hand on his chest and show him straight open his astonishment and reverence. Our canvas, although the structure of composition is simpler, is stylistically close to the magnificent Adoration of the shepherds, painted by Antonio Balestra in the church of San Zaccaria in Venice (see details).

As a comparison, note also the Adoration of the shepherds passed by Sotheby in 2008, where it is possible to recognize similar stylistic features (http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2008/old-master -paintings -Sel-l08031 / lot.87.html)

The paint is in excellent condition, with an old reintoilage.

The work is accompanied by a magnificent antique frame, from the nineteenth century, gilded with gold leaf.

This work, like all our object is accompanied by a certificate of photographic authenticity by the law.

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The paint is in excellent condition, with an old reintoilage.
Italy, private collection
Dimensions
Height 64.00 cm (25.20 inches)
Width 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
External Height 86.00 cm (33.86 inches)
External Width 67.00 cm (26.38 inches)
Medium
oil on canvas
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