Oil on Canvas, Portrait of Man in Robes
The canvas is attributed to Niccolò Cassana (Venice, 1659 - London, 1714), the architect whom the biographer Carlo Giuseppe Ratti defined as 'active, lively and all fire', praising his works for the 'lively and sanguine' colors, which highlight the their lagoon and Genoese genesis. In fact, the freedom of drafting and the expressiveness that characterizes his first production evoke the examples of Bernardo Strozzi and Father Giovanni Francesco (Genoa, 1611 - Mirandola, 1691). As for his activity, Cassana enjoyed extraordinary success as a portraitist and it is also known that he was very active in feeding the thriving collecting of his time by making copies of old masters. He trained with his father, Giovanni Francesco Cassana, a Genoese painter, who had been taught the art of painting by Bernardo Strozzi. He painted a Conspiracy of Catiline for the Gallery at Florence. Having painted portraits of the Medici court, and also of some of the English nobility, Nicoletto was invited to England and introduced to Queen Anne, who sat to him for her likeness and conferred on him many marks of favor. He died in London in 1714, having given way to drinking in his later years. Mounted in a period pine and giltwood frame.