By Anne Leader

Carlo Maratti (also known as Maratta) died on 15 December in 1713 in Rome. Recognized as the leading painter of late Baroque Rome, Maratta continued working in the classicizing vein known as the Grand Manner. Like Annibale Carracci, Andrea Sacchi (his teacher), and Nicolas Poussin before him, Maratta drew inspiration from High Renaissance master Raphael. Maratta created numerous devotional images based on Renaissance prototypes, which he reformulated to support the Counter-Reformation Catholic church. In addition to altarpieces, Maratta was sought after as a portraitist. Demand for his work was high, and he ran a large studio to accommodate his many patrons.

Reference: Manuela B. Mena Marqués. “Maratti, Carlo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.

Portrait of Pope Clement IX, 1669, oil on canvas, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg.

Assumption and the Doctors of the Church, 1689, oil on canvas, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome.

Madonna and Child Enthroned with Angels and Saints, 1680-90, oil on canvas, Santa Maria in Vallicella, Rome.

Self-Portrait, 1684, chalk on paper, British Museum, London.

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