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Francesco Zuccarelli (1702 - 1788):
Landscape with Monks reading
A989; oil on canvas; 36 x 22 cm.
Bequeathed by Francis Falconer Madan, 1962; WA1962.17.31.
Alessandro Magnasco in particular had popularised the subject of hermits or monks in picturesque landscapes and Zuccarelli is known to have painted such scenes on a small scale for collectors.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
Link to the BBC's Your Paintings page of the Public Catalogue Foundation