Ilario Spolverini (Italy, 1657-1734) Large Old Master Battle Scene. Sight size: 28.5 x 53 inches. Provenance: Private Italian collection. Painting comes with letter from Dr. Atanasio Cecchini attributing painting to Spolverini. Unsigned. The influence of Mercanti?s master Francesco Monti, known as Brescianino, is evident in his choice of subjects, including the battles, knights and scenes characterised by movement. After a trip to Venice together with Brescianino, his painting displayed a new approach to colour that made it fully original. His work for various noble families in the area of Parma and Piacenza included a series of paintings celebrating the deeds of the Farnese dynasty commissioned by the family in 1714 and repeated three times for residences in Parma, Piacenza and Colorno. Spolverini painted battle scenes for the Duke. His religious artwork was placed in the Certosa and the Cathedral of Parma. Among the pupils were Francesco Simonini, Antonio Fratacci, Clemente Ruta and Giuseppe Peroni.