Marzio Masturzo (active Naples, circa 1670) A cavalry battle between the Christians and Turks with a
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Marzio Masturzo (active Naples, circa 1670) A cavalry battle between the Christians and Turks with a fortress to the left; and A cavalry battle between the Christians and Turks with a fortress to the right (2)
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 67,000 - 100,000
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Marzio Masturzo (active Naples, circa 1670) A cavalry battle between the Christians and Turks with a
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Marzio Masturzo (active Naples, circa 1670)
A cavalry battle between the Christians and Turks with a fortress to the left; and A cavalry battle between the Christians and Turks with a fortress to the right
a pair, oil on canvas
95 x 174cm (37 3/8 x 68 1/2in). (2)

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  • PROVENANCE:
    With Zanini Galleria d'Arte, Bergamo
    Sale, Sotheby's, Milan, 16 November 2010, lot 76

    EXHIBITED:
    Villa d'Este, Tivoli, I battaglisti. La pittura di battaglia dal XVI al XVIII secolo, 13 June - 30 October, 2011

    LITERATURE:
    G. Sestieri, I battaglisti. La pittura di battaglia dal XVI al XVIII secolo, exh. cat. (Rome, 2011), cat. nos. 15 and 16, pp. 48-51, ill.

    Sestieri has recently identified qualitative differences in the large corpus of works previously given to Marzio Masturzo, which suggest some contribution from other studios, supporters or other contemporary imitators in many of those works. The present pair of battle scenes, however, exhibit the specific qualities by which this artist may be identified: the main opponents can be seen fighting in a well-balanced backdrop depicting a hill with forts or fortifications with round or square turrets on top, on the one hand, and a plain rolling away on the other, where the battle continues on a reduced scale, showing his skill in enforcing a uniform dynamism into the crowded layouts. This is combined with chromatic cohesion with bright, clear colours, prevalently grey and light blue. A further feature is the inclusion of vortices of clouds rising up from the battle.

    Masturzo was a pupil of Salvator Rosa and the two were friends when young. Masturzo was known to have sold off copies of Rosa's work, which were worked on by his friend. They both went to Aniello Falcone's school and Masturzo's commercial activity was assisted by Rosa, this genre enjoying much success among Neapolitan collectors in the 17th century.
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