This painting shares with Batoni’s altarpiece both the handling of light and the inspiration
of Raphael’s art. Batoni himself may even have put forward the name of his friend and frequent collaborator Bottani for the church’s one altarpiece still unassigned. When the Hieronymites were suppressed, the church was deconsecrated and its property impounded.
The altarpieces were among the first works to go to Brera, where a varied collection was being put together in support of the Accademia di Belle Arti’s teaching programme.
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St. Paula of Rome Departs for the Holy Land
OBJECT TYPE AND MATERIAL
Oil on canvas
cm 410 x 231
JOSEPH BOTTAN/FACEBAT ROMAE/ ANNO 1745
Work on display
By the same author
In the same date/era
In the same room