Sleeping Girl (1st half 18th C.). Pietro Antonio Rotari (Italian, 1707–1762). Oil on canvas. Alte Pinakothek, München.
In Russia, Rotari painted a huge number of portraits of apparently anonymous Russians. While he sometimes produced images of the children and young ladies of the nobility, more frequently his portraits constitute an almost nationalistic survey of Russian villagers and peasants. A group of 50 was presented by Empress Elizabeth to the new Russian Academy of Art.