MAGNASCO, Alessandro
(b. 1667, Genova, d. 1749, Genova)

Gypsy Wedding Banquet

Oil on canvas, 86 x 118 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Magnasco favoured bizarre genre subjects, satires on the customs and habits of the nobility and clergy. He developed an apt style of painting that expressed the visionary aspects of these themes, heightened almost to caricature. He used wild, quivering brush strokes that subjected all forms to a flickering rhythm and noted only the highlights.