It is a fairly large canvas, characterized by a crowded composition, where the contrasts between the areas of light and areas of shadow recall similar solutions by Mattia Preti, while the physiognomies and clothing of some figures show reminiscences of Neapolitan painting of the first half of the century, from Bernardo Cavallino to Massimo Stanzione. The characters, set against a backdrop of light landscapes, emerge with a lively and nervous line, embellished with effective touches of light. The merit of this battle lies precisely in their uniform chromatic vibration, which in the best examples takes on dominant silvery and gray-blue tones, with solutions similar to those of Venetian fighters, such as Francesco Simonini. Historical notes: GRAZIANI, Francesco, known as Ciccio Napoletano. The date of birth of this painter is unknown, active in Naples and Rome in the second half of the 17th century. He was probably born in Capua, being mentioned in some inventories as "Ciccio da Capua" (Roethlisberger-Bianco). Scarne, the news of his training; only Lanzi (1808) remembers among the pupils of Jacques Courtois, known as Borgognone, a certain Graziani, who identified himself with Francesco. Perhaps already in the seventies of the seventeenth century G. had settled in Rome, if we are to believe the news reported by Buchowiecki (p. 647), but so far not confirmed by any direct or indirect source, that he painted from 1671 a series of paintings (lost) with Stories from the Old and New Testament, placed in the central nave and in the choir of the Basilica of the Holy Apostoli in Rome . Provenance: Naples 17th century. Measures: 130x76cm.
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