The Martyrdom of Four Saints, attributed to Francesco Trevisani (1656-1746).

Oil on canvas, 51cm by 37.5cm.

This painting and PIC022, The Martyrdom of St, Andrew, were purchased by John, 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700) directly from the artist.

Trevisani was born in Capodistria, then part of the Republic of Venice. He trained in Venice; a pupil of Antonio Zanchi (1631-1722), before moving to Rome where he spent the rest of his life.

He was strongly influenced by the work of Carlo Maratta (1625-1713) and when Maratta died Trevisani succeeded him as the most famous and prolific artist in Rome.

His patron Cardinal Chigi brought him to the attention of Pope Clement XI, from whom he received notable commissions.


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