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Pietro Rotari was an Italian painter of the Baroque period who was born in Verona but spent the rest of his life in the Russian capital, Saint Petersburg. Although he was a member of the Italian royal court, he was also an important ambassador for Italy to the Russian court. His portraits are famous for their realism and vivid colors. He is a master of portraiture, and his paintings are among the most exquisite in the world.

Rotari's paintings are not portraits, but rather soul paintings. These pictures are described as "soul paintings" by Charles Le Brun. The Russians called these pictures passions. The Rotari portraits of Russian royalty are among the most famous examples of his work. Many of the most famous are in private collections around the world. The Rotari Museum, in Verona, has two works by Rotari. The first is an untitled painting of a Russian princess.

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