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Upper righthand corner Bartolomeo Marescotti

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Comment by J Ruaidri Douglas on August 3, 2022 at 17:56

Thank you, Russ & William. Much appreciated!

Comment by William Douglas on August 2, 2022 at 19:03

According to the Marescotti-Ruspoli archive and as often seen on various family trees and reported on the official "Libro d'oro della Nobiltà Italiana" published by the Collegio Araldico, the origins of the Marescotti can be traced back to Marius Scotus born in Galloway in south west Scotland in the 8th century.

In the year 773 king Charlemagne started a military campaign against the Lombards in Italy, because they were not respecting an agreement made with Pepin the Short to give part of their land to the state of the Church. He asked for help from king of Dál Riata (Western Scotland) Eochaid IV. The latter asked his cousin Count William of Douglas to recruit and bring to France a brigade of 4,000 men, which he did. But soon thereafter he had to return to Scotland to govern the family clan, leaving his command to his younger brother Marius Douglas, who at the time was described as courageous, tall, strong and with a reddish beard.
Ancient painting of Marius Scotus

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on August 2, 2022 at 14:09

On wikipedia I looked up the name Marescotti - and found this fellow 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolomeo_Marescotti 

Bartolomeo Marescotti (c. 1590-1630)[1] was an Italian painter active during the Baroque, mainly in his native Bologna. He was a pupil and close follower of Guido Reni. He died during a plague epidemic.

Comment by J Ruaidri Douglas on August 2, 2022 at 13:24

No problem, Russ.

However, I don't know the name of the artist. What is the full name of the artist you are interested in? 

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on August 2, 2022 at 12:21

Interesting , was this the same fellow who was an artist ?  I looked up an artist by this name and - says he was a follower  of Guido Reni 's work .... Reni .... I had not thought of researching the surname Renny with this spelling . Thank you J !

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