The Emperor Constantine being received into the Church, by Pasqualino Rossi (1641-1722).

Oil on canvas, 31cm by 38cm. Pair to PIC439.

The painting was purchased by the 5th Earl of Exeter (1648-1700), whilst on the Grand Tour.

It refers to Constantine’s disavowal of paganism and his conversion to Christianity, as the first Christian Roman Emperor.

Pasqualino Rossi, who was largely self-taught, was born in Vicenza.

He worked extensively at the Palazzo Reale in Turin, but was active mainly in Rome where he died in 1722.


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