(b. 1625, Camerano, d. 1713, Roma)

Assumption and the Doctors of the Church

Oil on canvas
Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

The tranquil calm of this scene was derived from cleverly following Raphael's model. It sums up the way that Maratti managed serenely to dominate the image he painted. Pietro da Cortona's exuberance had by now subsided. From this we can deduce that Roman art was losing its impetus after the death of Bernini (1680) and was about to enter a phase of soporific academicism.