Bathsheba at Her Bath

Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari Italian

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For centuries, painters hoped to visit Italy as part of their artistic education, often in the entourage of Grand Tourists. Works like this one—which continue the tradition of depicting mythological subjects but begin to break down the robust Italian baroque style into a lighter, more delicate mode—influenced French painters who would return to Paris and establish the style known as Rococo. Chiari depicts Bathsheba tended by two servants, while King David gazes at her from the palace balcony. He probably first conceived the composition, based on the work of his teacher, Carlo Maratti, for the Pallavicini family of Genoese bankers in Rome.

Bathsheba at Her Bath, Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari (Italian, Lucca or Rome 1654–1727 Rome), Oil on canvas

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