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As Marco Chiarini describes the Alessio de Marchis's influences as a draughtsman, ‘The most varied experiences seem to constitute the basis of Alessio’s stylistic formation. He grafts onto the [Salvator] Rosa component clear inspiration from the works of a number of Dutch “Italianizing” artists, combined with motifs, possibly derived through their work, which seem to go back to Claude, but above all…his fantasy was affected by the later and more romantic phase of [Gaspard] Dughet’s style…the Dughet of the late landscapes, light in color tones, and of studied and constructed compositions, a prelude, in fact, to eighteenth-century taste...’2. Chiarini further notes that, ‘when Alessio’s observation of nature is at its most personal and subjective, his art occasionally assumes an authentic, individualist character…His drawings often reveal a very subtle treatment of light and an ability at evoking vast landscapes punctuated with ruins which…are caught in unexpected light effects or emerging from misty distances.’ 

Among stylistically comparable drawings by Alessio de Marchis are landscape sketches in the Albertina in Vienna, the British Museum in London, the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen and at Christ Church in Oxford.

Medium: Pen and brown ink, over traces of an underdrawing in red chalk.
Dimensions: 19.1 x 13.4 cm (7¹/₂ x 5¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: Giancarlo Sestieri, Rome.

Literature: Giancarlo Sestieri, Roma. Paesaggi, vedute e costumi: Dipinti e Disegni, exhibition catalogue, Rome, 1983, unpaginated, no.59b (as Albero con viandante e casupola), illustrated in the Introduction.

Exhibitions: Rome, Palazzo Borghese, Roma. Paesaggi, vedute e costumi: Dipinti e Disegni, 1983, no.59b.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints