SOLIMENA, Francesco
(b. 1657, Canale di Serino, d. 1747, Barra)

The Conversion of St Paul (detail)

San Paolo Maggiore, Naples

The dynamism of the centre grouping of the composition is apparent from the four horses, which are falling, bolting, and rearing, and serve as the point of origin of all the movements in the picture. Here Solimena paraphrases one of the most famous groups of horses in modern art, the one contending for the standard in Leonardo da Vinci's Battle of Anghiari.