Alessandro Varotari

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Alessandro Varotari
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Alessandro Varotari in Het Gulden Cabinet.
Born (1588-04-04)4 April 1588
Died 20 July 1649(1649-07-20) (aged 61)
Nationality Italian
Known for Painting
Movement Mannerism
Rape of Europa

Alessandro Varotari (4 April 1588 – 20 July 1649), also commonly known as il Padovanino, was an Italian painter of the late-mannerist and early-baroque Venetian school, best known for having mentored Pietro Liberi, Giulio Carpioni, and Bartolommeo Scaligero.[1] He was theson of Dario Varotari the Elder and the brother of Chiara Varotari, who accompanied him on his travels and assisted with his work.[2]


Venus and Love

Born in Padua, hence his nickname, he was the son of the local painter and architect Dario Varotari the Elder, who likely provided his earliest training. Early paintings, such as The incredulity of St. Thomas,[3] Virgin and Child,[4] and the Pentecost[5] show the influence of Titian. By the year 1614 he had relocated to Venice. He is known to have traveled to Rome twice (mid-1610s and 1625), where he was much employed in producing copies of major paintings from major Renaissance artists of the prior generation.[6] He painted a major battle canvas in The victory of the Carnutesi (Celts) over the Normans’’[7]


  1. ^ "Getty Museum entry". 2002-08-21. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  2. ^ Alessandro Varotari in the RKD
  3. ^ In the church of Santa Lucia in Padua.
  4. ^ In the Duomo of Padua.
  5. ^ In the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice.
  6. ^ "Alessandro Varotari, gen. Il Padovanino". Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  7. ^ In the Brera Gallery, Milan

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