Although little is known of the life of the Sicilian born Mariano Rossi, he is perhaps most well known today for his monumental fresco for the ceiling of large Salon in the the Borghese Gallery, Rome, which depicts the depicting the Roman hero Marcus Furius Camillus and which he completed around 1775-1779.1
The exuberance and energy found in such large frescoes and canvases can be found echoed also in his smaller scale paintings, such as the present work. Another painting by Rossi of comparable dimensions and handling was sold at Sotheby's, London, 11 December 1996, lot 242.
1. For additional comparative works by the artist see G. Sestieri, 'Repertorio della pittura Romana della fine del seicento e del settecento,' Turin 1994, vol. III, plates 1000-1006.