(August 12, 1666 - April 21, 1740) was an Italian painter of the
Born in Verona, he
first apprenticed there with Giovanni Zeffio. By 1690 he moved to
Venice, where he worked for three years in Venice under Antonio
Bellucci, then moved to Bologna and then to paint in Carlo Maratta's
workshop in Rome. In 1694, he won a prize from the Accademia di San
Luca. He later painted both in Verona and Venice; although his
influence was stronger in the mainland. His pupils in Verona were
Pietro Rotari and Giambettino Cignaroli (1706-1770). In Venice, he
painted for the churches of the Gesuiti & San Zaccaria, and the
Scuola della Carita. Pietro Longhi briefly worked under Balestra. In
Venice, other pupils or painters he influenced, included Mariotti,
Giuseppe Nogari, Mattia Bortoloni (1695-1750) and Angelo Trevisani.
Also he influenced a young Giambattista Pittoni.
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