This fabulous 17 th century Battle Scene is very much in the style of Jacques Courtois or Giacomo Cortese, called il Borgognone or le Bourgignon (1621-1675) the French-Italian painter, draughtsman and etcher. Courtois was mainly active in Rome and Florence and became known as the leading battle painter of his age. He also created history paintings and portraits. He became a Jesuit later in life but continued to paint.
The works of Courtois had an important influence on Italian artists, in particular on Francesco Monti (il Brescianino), Fraziani Graziani (Ciccio Napoletano) and Francesco Simonini who painted war scenes.The etcher Geronimo Bruni was a pupil of Courtois.
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