An impressive landscape by CRESCENZO ONOFRI (Rome, 1632 – Florence, 1712). Oil on canvas. H 700mm, W 970mm

Crescenzo Onofri was a pupil of Gaspard Dughet, who was a pupil of Nicolas Poussin. From 1671 he decorated the residences of prominent Roman families such as Pamphili, Rospigliosi, Pallavcini and Colonna. He collaborated with Dughet in the decoration of the throne room in the Pamphili  palace, reserved for visits by the pope. In 1675 he was listed as a member of the Accademia di San Luca, one of the most prestigious organisations of artists in Rome. In 1696 Onofri moved to Florence, to the court of the Grand Duke Cosimo III de ‘Medici, for whom he created large-scale canvases, with landscapes inspired by hunting trips and intended to decorate the rooms of Villa Medici in Pratolino. Two landscapes with wayfarers by Crescenzio Onofri are conserved in the Medici villa la Petraia, with figures painted by Alessandro Magnasco (c. 1708), proving that in those years the painter collaborated with other artists, especially figure artists.

Reference bibliography:
L. Salerno, ‘seventeenth-century landscape painters in Rome’, Milan, Italian institute of credit Fondiario, 1977-1980