Attributed to François de Nomé (Metz 1593-circa 1644 Naples)
An architectural capriccio of a coastal town oil on panel 38.2 x 69cm (15 1/16 x 27 3/16in).
François de Nomé was previously identified as the artist Monsù Desiderio, an artist believed to have painted architectural scenes in a distinctive style in Naples in the early seventeenth century. Monsù, a corruption of the French term monsieur, was often used by Neapolitan historians to denote a painter of foreign origin.
In the mid-twentieth century, art historians identified the works previously attributed to Desiderio as being by at least three different painters: François de Nomé, Didier Barra, both originally from Metz, and a third artist, whose name is unknown.