Alessio De Marchis, paesaggista del ‘700

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Andrea Busiri Vici, tireless sifter of Roman landscape painting between the 17th and 18th century, published Il Trittico paesistico romano del '700 (The Roman Landscape Triptych of the 18th century) in 1976 with the publisher Ugo Bozzi, a vast survey of the art of Paolo Anesi, Paolo Monaldi and Alessio De Marchis. At the time, it was a question of restoring full critical dignity to painters who had ended up in the limbo of a painting classified as exclusively decorative, enjoyable but aproblematic and therefore tenaciously removed from the rank of great art in spite of both its qualities, which were evident to anyone who wished to recognise them, and its representativeness of a taste, a culture and a civilisation.