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Francesco Monti, il Brescianino delle Battaglie (Brescia 1646-1703 Parma)
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Francesco Monti, il Brescianino delle Battaglie (Brescia 1646-1703 Parma)

A cavalry skirmish

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Francesco Monti, il Brescianino delle Battaglie (Brescia 1646-1703 Parma)
A cavalry skirmish
with signature 'S. Rosa.' (on a rock, lower left)
oil on canvas
28¼ x 46¼ in. (71.8 x 117.5 cm.)
Provenance
Acquired by the grandfather of the present owner.
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Lot Essay

We are grateful to Professor Giancarlo Sestieri for proposing the attribution on the basis of a colour transparency. Professor Sestieri notes strong similarities with a painting in the Accademia dei Concordi, Rovigo, whose attribution has long been disputed between Jacques Courtois, called il Borgognone and Brescianino delle Battaglie. Sestieri considers that picture to be by Brescianino, although possibly after a lost prototype by Borgognone (G. Sestieri, I pittori di battaglie, Rome, 1999, pp. 206 and 208, pl. 1).

Francesco Monti, known as Brescianino delle Battaglie after the city in which he was born, was, together with Antonio Calza (Verona 1653-1725), one of the most celebrated painters of battle scenes in Northern Italy. He had many pupils, including Francesco Simonini, and his paintings - such as the present lot - show the continuing influence of Borgognone (1621-1675), whom he met in Rome, and of Salvator Rosa and Pieter Mulier, il Tempesta.
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