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Aniello Falcone

1600-1665 Italy/Baroque

 

Brief Biography-Aniello Falcone, born in Naples, was also known as L'Oracolo Della Battaglie, or The Oracle of Battles. A Battaglista is a 'painter of battle.' He was a master of Salvator Rosa, who later worked with the Austrian artist Johannes Anton Eismann; these artists were 'Battaglista', of which Falcone was considered the first.
Falcone studied under José de Ribera and quickly achieved success throughout Europe. He founded a large school in Naples in which the occupying Spanish killed a nephew of one of his pupils. That event led to forming a group known as 'The Company of Death.' They aimed to kill all Spaniards in Naples. Rosa was amongst the group when it disbanded, and he and Falcone left hastily for Rome. Falcone made a trip to Paris, where he did commissions for Louis XIV before returning to Naples. Falcone also painted religious works and was a successful draughtsman. Unfortunately, he supposedly died of the plague in Naples.

 

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battle and rider

battle and rider


battle scene

battle scene

battle between turks
and christians

cavalry battle between turks and christians

combat between
turks and christians

combat between turks and christians

embarkation of
artillery troops

embarkation of artillery troops

jacob contemplates
the bloodied clothes

jacob contemplates the bloodied clothes of his son joseph


roman athletes

roman athletes

roman soldiers
in the circus

roman soldiers in the circus


the anchorite

the anchorite


the concert

the concert

expulsion of the
merchants

expulsion of the merchants from the temple