Pietro Antonio Rotari (Verona 1707-St. Petersburg 1762)
The resurrection of Lazarus
Black chalk on paper
Watermark: letter "C"
Provenance: private collection, Vienna
Stylistically this sheet fits well in the early work of Pietro Antonio Rotari, 1715-1725, when he was a pupil of Antonio Balestra (1666-1740) in Verona. The fine execution and composition suggest the drawing is preparatory for a print and related to those etched by Rotari after Balestra’s work1,2. Iconographically the figure of Lazarus relates to St. Cassiano in the painting “Martyrdom of St. Cassiano” by Balestra (St. Cassiano’s church, Venice)1 and David in the print “David and Goliath head” invented by Balestra and etched by Rotari2, while the figure of Jesus Christ shows similarities to the Jesus Christ in “Mary Magdalene at Jesus’ feet” painted by Rotari (chiesa di Volta Mantovana, Mantova)2 and the etching “Salvator mundi” invented by Rotari and etched by Valesi2.
1 Marco Polazzo, Antonio Balestra pittore veronese 1666-1740, Verona, 1978.
2 Marco Polazzo, Petro Rotari pittore veronese del settecento (1707-1762), Verona, 1990.