Circle of Giovanni Agostino Cassana (Genova 1658 - 1720) VII Century Oil on Canvas
Cockerel and Chickens in a Courtyard 64 x 93 cm (approx 25¼ x 36½ inches)
Oil on canvas. Unsigned, unframed. Inscribed at the back. In good condition but would benefit from professional cleaning.
Giovanni Agostino Cassana (1658–1720) was an Italian abbot and painter of the Baroque period. He was born in Genoa, and was initially instructed by his father Giovanni Francesco Cassana, also a painter. He achieved relative better success than his younger brother Niccoló and having produced portraits, especially during his years in Venice in the second half of the XVII century, he begun to devote himself almost exclusively to his favorite still life genre, painting animals and scenes in the style of Jacob van den Kerckhoven, (called Jacopo da Castello (1637-1712) by whom he was influenced.
Our Canvas is a typical example of this style and it is likely to have been painted by a close follower within his circle, or possibly by the Artist himself.