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.