Rotta Antonio (1828-1904)


The painter Antonio Rotta was born in Gorizia on February 22nd 1828, in what was then the house n. 159 of the "Contrada del Corno", where his father, who had died a few months earlier, had run a small café, known as "caffè pedocio". Venice became his adopted city: he was artistically trained there and lived there from the age of thirteen, but his bond with Gorizia never waned.Vincenzo Cristofoletti and Carlo de Catinelli, sensing the boy's talents, sent him to study painting at the Venice Academy. Rotta was immediately successful with paintings of patriotic subjects, portraits (among which the one by Carlo Favetti, a sign of the never interrupted relationship between the artist and Gorizia) and above all genre scenes taken from episodes of popular life.Antonio Rotta exhibited in Venice, in Vienna (at the Kunst Verein and at the Universal Exhibition of 1873), and also in Gorizia (at the first artistic exhibition in Gorizia held at Palazzo Attems in 1887). On 10th September 1903 he died in his house in Dorsoduro in Venice. In 1904, on the first anniversary of his death, one of his personal exhibitions was set up in the hall of the town hall.

A man and his dog; The hopeless case 1881, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; L'ortolanella; The Death of the Chick 1878, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto.