The painting shows the influence of the German painter Gottfredo Wals, who came to Genoa in 1623 and became a teacher of Travi. It also shows Travi’s typical fast brush strokes as well as a characteristic naturalistic-fantastic composition with silvery light.
General literature: G. Zanelli, Antonio Travi, Genoa 2001
The painting has darkened a bit and shows craquelure and minor rubbing. The canvas has been relined. The inspection under UV light reveals numerous small mostly crack filling touch-ups, especially to the sky. Overall, the painting gives a good impression.
Antonio Travi (1608-1665)
Antonio Travi, born in Sestri Ponente near Genoa, trained with the painter Bernardo Strozzi and specialized in landscape painting. He received further influences from Flemish painting, from the German painter Goffredo Wals as well as from the school of Salerno. Antonino Travis's son was also a landscape painter. Works by Travi can be found at the Palazzo Bianco in Genoa. (cko)