A Classical Landscape, by Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, Il Bolognese (1606-1680).

Oil on canvas. 23cm by 65.5cm.

The artist, who was known as Il Bolognese from his place of birth, was was both a painter and an architect.

He was perhaps a pupil of the Carracci, to whom he was related, and painted both portraits and landscapes.

Later, in Rome, he was appointed architect to Pope Paul V and was also patronised by later popes.

He spent two years in France working for both Cardinal Mazarin and Louis XIV, chiefly as an architect, but he also painted frescoes in the Louvre.


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