18th century painter Pietro Rotari is best known for his character studies, which are paintings that illustrate personal characteristics of specific individuals. Rotari’ works were often displayed in a tight hang, with multiple rows. This can best be illustrated in the image below, “The Great Peterhof Palace Museum Painting Hall.” The Norton Simon created an intimate exhibition showcasing a series of his character studies.
The Great Peterhof Palace Museum Painting Hall // Wall Mural
Portrait of a Woman with Black Lace Scarf, Green Coat with White Fur // Pietro Antonio Rotari // oil on canvas // presumably painted after 1750
Pietro Antonio Rotari
Studio Of Pietro Antonio Rotari // Portrait of Ekaterina Petrovna Holstein-Beck, Later Princess Bariatinsky // c. 1762 // oil on canvas