The Virgin and Child with the Infant St. John, by Ippolito Scarsella called lo Scarsellino (1550-1620).

Oil on canvas, 25cm by 22cm.

Ippolito Scarsella was one of the most important artists of the late 16th Century Ferrarese School.

He was born and died in Ferrara, but travelled and worked extensively across Italy, encountering many influences, particularly those of the Venetian Schools.

He was in Venice for about four years where he is thought to have worked in the studio of Paolo Veronese (1528-1588).

He is also known to have worked with Agostino (1557-1602) and Annibale Carracci (1560-1609) in his native Ferrara.

The Ferrarese and Bolognese artists strongly influenced each other’s work.

This enchanting painting was acquired by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793).


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