"Antonio Balestra (attrib.): Adam And Eve After Leaving Paradise"Antonio Balestra (Verona, 1666 - Verona, 1740): Italian painter trained in Venice with Antonio Bellucci before working in Rome in Carlo Maratta's studio. Balestra will paint religious and profane commissions between Venice and Verona where he will have many students after his definitive installation in 1726.
Our painting depicts Adam and Eve after their expulsion from Paradise. According to the iconographic tradition (for example, Bloemaert's print) and the biblical text, Adam is represented working "by the sweat of his forehead". Abel, the youngest son of the couple, is breastfed by Eve while Cain is in the background. Although religious, the scene can also be considered as a genre scene.
On the châssis, an old note (in French) attributes the work to Balestra. Indeed, we can find characteristic elements of the artist such as faces with their small pointed nose or bright contrasts. Anyway, the work is Venetian and dates from the first half of the XVIII. We will notice the earthy range used at the same time in Venice by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.