Antonio Maria Marini - Wooded Landscape with a Waterfall and Soldiers
Antonio Maria Marini
Wooded Landscape with a Waterfall and Soldiers
Oil on canvas (relined). 62.5 x 48.5 cm..
In the past, the works of Antonio Marini used often to be confused with those of Marco Ricci or Alessandro Magnasco, and the present painting is an example that has long been attributed to Marco Ricci. Lino Moretti was able to assign it to Marini's œuvre in 1984, which was also confirmed by Maria Silvia Proni in her catalogue raisonné of works by the artist. Antonio Marini probably spent his youth in Padua. From 1693 he can be traced back to Bologna, before he briefly resettled in Padua around 1700 and then moved back to his native Venice, where he died in 1725. Marini's style is characterized by strong, loose, and sometimes nervous brushwork. Thematically, he concentrated almost exclusively on landscapes, navy and battle scenes. The artist played an important role in the dissemination of the pictorial ideas of Salvator Rosa in the Veneto of the late 17th and early 18th century. For example, the motif of the group of soldiers in the foreground of our painting can be traced back to this Neapolitan master.
Private collection, Belluno, Italy. - Auctioned by Finarte Casa d'Aste, Rome, 02.12.1974, lot 79 (attributed to Marco Ricci). - Auctioned by Christie's South Kensington, 02.11.2016, lot 162 (attributed to Antonio Maria Marini). - Scandinavian private collection.
Egidio Martini: Marco Ricci battaglista, Venice 1963, p. 19, illus. 14, (attributed to Marco Ricci). - Lino Moretti: Risarcimento di Antonio Marini, in: Mauro Natale (ed.): Scritti di storia dell'arte in onore di Federico Zeri, Milan 1984, vol. 2, p. 797. - Maria Silvia Proni: Antonio Maria Marini. L'Opera Completa, Milan 1992, p. 62, no. 1.8.