(Saint-Hippolyte 1628 - Rome 1679)
The Conversion of Saint Paul
195 x 310 mm. (7 5/8 x 12 1/4 in.)
Courtois’s first major public commission was the fresco decoration of the Roman church of San Marco, commissioned by Niccolò Sagredo. Other early works include a Battle of Joshua for the Quirinal Palace and an altarpiece of The Martyrdom of Saint Andrew for the church of Sant’Andrea al Quirinale in Rome. Between 1658 and 1659 he contributed to the decoration of the Palazzo Pamphili at Valmontone. In 1661 he painted an Assumption for the church of San Tomasso da Villanova in Castelgandolfo, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and his later work shows the influence of Carlo Maratti. Courtois also painted a number of collaborative works with artists such as the still life painter Abraham Brueghel and the landscapist Gaspard Dughet.