The Hopeless Case

Antonio Rotta1871

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

A young girl wearing a typical Venetian shawl listens stoically as the shoemaker reports upon the hopeless condition of her boot. The artist has depicted this cluttered interior with characteristic detail.

Rotta was born in Italy, and attended to Academy of Fine Arts of Venice in 1828. He showed work in the Exposition of Fine Arts in Milan in 1853, and won a medal in 1878 at the Exhibition of the Salon of Paris. He often painted tender scenes, including children or the elderly.

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  • Title: The Hopeless Case
  • Creator: Antonio Rotta (Italian, 1828-1903)
  • Date Created: 1871
  • External Link: For more information about this and thousands of other works of art in the Walters Art Museum collection, please visit art.thewalters.org
  • Roles: Artist: Antonio Rotta (Italian, 1828-1903)
  • Provenance: Anton Ritter von Oelzelt Sale, Vienna, November 18, 1878, no. 64 [as "Niente da Fare"]; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1878, by purchase [Geroge A. Lucas as agent]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Object Type: oil paintings
  • Medium: oil on fabric
  • Inscriptions: [Signature] At lower right: Antonio Rotta; [Date] At lower right: Venezia 1871
  • Exhibitions: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2014-2016., A Baltimorean in Paris: George A. Lucas, 1860-1909. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979.
  • Dimensions: H: 25 x W 20 1/2 in. (63.5 x 52 cm); Framed H: 38 1/16 x W: 34 1/2 x D: 5 1/2 in. (96.6 x 87.7 x 14 cm)
  • Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1878
  • Classification: Painting & Drawing
  • Accession Number: 37.182