Early 18th Century, Italian School Pandolfo Reschi Battle Scene Oil Painting


Pandolfo Reschi (born Pandolf Resch, born in Danzica in 1643, died in Florence in 1699) is an Italian painter active in Italy. He went to Rome when he was young and became one of Giacomo Borgognone’s most capable pupils. He painted battles and imitated the landscapes of Salvator Rosa. He also excelled in perspective and architectural views. Arrived in Florence in the middle of 1660, he continued his studies with Livio Mehus, Antonio Giusti and Pier Dandini. In 1670 he was hired by the Medici court and became a protege of Cardinal Francesco Maria de Medici, with whom he lived from 1680 until the end of his days.
His paintings were much appreciated by the great families of the Tuscan nobility, in particular the Gerinis. He worked for the Uffizi Gallery under the direction of the Florentine scholar and architect Giacinto Marmi. There is no information regarding the existence of disciples or followers of Reschi. We can suppose the existence of a circle of painters in Florence near him and inspired by his work. What is certain is that our painting takes the original preserved in the Gallery of Palazzo Gerini and that its origin is the collection of the Antinori family of Florence. One can not help but notice the liveliness with which the scene was painted, as Baldinucci used to say about Pandoflo Reschi’s figurines:

“easy to distinguish each of their operations”; and this through the thick smoke of the battle.
The painting is in excellent condition. It can be dated between the end of the seventeenth and the beginning of the eighteenth century. It is presented in its original frame in gilded wood.

The painting is accompanied by an invoice, a certificate of authenticity and the monographic book “Pandolfo Reschi” by Novella Barbolani di Montauto.

Canvas cm 40 x 40
Frame cm 50 x 61,5

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