Alessio de Marchis

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Self portrait (1734)

Alessio de Marchis or il Marchis (Naples, 1684-1752, Perugia) was an Italian painter of the early 18th century, active mainly in Rome and Urbino, mainly as a landscape painter.

Alessio was born in Naples, and was known to be active in 1710. He painted in the Palazzo Ruspoli and the Palazzo Albani in Rome. He was said to have been excellent at depictions of fires, and in attempting to paint one from nature, set up a damaging conflagration. For this, he apparently was sentenced to years as a galley slave, till he was pardoned under Pope Clement XI, for whom Alessio painted many canvases of perspective, landscape, and marinescapes. He was said to have been influenced by Salvatore Rosa and Claude Lorraine. His son was also a landscape artist.

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