Very typical of Francesco Allegrini, these two battles must have been executed for a private collector and very much represent the taste of Roman patrons in the middle of the seventeenth century. Allegrini is believed to have been a pupil of Cavalier d'Arpino, whose influence can be clearly detected in these two oils on paper. Like Arpino, Allegrini was responsible for the fresco decorations of many Roman palaces, commissions he received from leading families such as the Mattei, Aldobrandini, Colonna and Altieri. Oil on paper works on this scale by the artist are very rare, while his pen and ink drawings, characterized by rapid and sketchy penwork, are in public and private collections. The National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, both have good groups of Francesco Allegrini's drawings.1
1. K. Andrews, Catalogue of Italian Drawings, Cambridge 1968, vol. I, pp. 3-8, D. 915 to D.1877, reproduced vol. II, figs. 12 to 84; J. Bean, 17th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1979, pp. 16-33, nos. 2-53, reproduced
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