Venetian School. Influenced by Piazzetta and by Paolo Veronese. His chief works are in fresco, his masterpiece being the scenes from the story of Antony and Cleopatra in the Palazzo Labia at Venice.
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THE FINDING OF MOSES The scene is laid in an Italian landscape, and the figures, life-size, are dressed in the Venetian costume of the artist’s period. Near the centre a lady of the Court is seated with the infant in her lap, the basket from which it has been taken lying on her right. She looks up at the Princess, who stands just behind in a bright yellow dress, accompanied by a haggard old woman in black and a dwarf in red and yellow.To the left is Miriam in blue, a colour repeated in the costume of a lady who bends over the nurse’s shoulder. Other attendants, including two pikemen, complete the central group, and on the extreme left are two guards.
THE ADORATION OF THE KINGS On the right, enthroned on a pedestal approached by three steps, the Virgin sits with her back to a massive ruin, with the Child on her right knee. The aged Caspar kneels in profile adoring the Child. This group is in strong sunlight from the right. In the left foreground stands the negro Balthasar, his back to us, the light only just catching his right side. In the left foreground is another dark figure of a page kneeling on the steps with his back to us. Melchior’s head is seen over Caspar’s shoulder, and behind the Virgin, higher up, are Joseph and others under the shade of the ruins.