(Belluno 1676 – Venice 1730)
Painter, engraver and set designer he began his artistic apprenticeship in Venice at the studio of his uncle painter Sebastiano Ricci, where he performed works of historical and religious subjects.
Very important for his artistic development was his trip to Rome at the end of ‘600 where he could study the works of Salvator Rosa and Roman landscape artists at that time.
To the ability acquired during the Roman stay to create original landscapes, the young artist added his deep knowledge of the Venetian tradition of the early sixteenth century, dating back to the works of authors such as Domenico Campagnola and the first Titian.
During a fight that ended with a murder, Marco Ricci was forced to flee from Venice.
Some art historians argue that he took refuge in Split in Dalmatia, where he worked in the workshop of a landscape painter, probably Antonio Francesco Peruzzini who had collaborated in a painting by his uncle Sebastiano Ricci. This hypothesis is not shared by other historians who question the place of exile. Returning to Venice in the early eighteenth century Marco became a faithful collaborator of his uncle, working on many occasions four hands: he realized the landscape with the presence of numerous natural elements such as animals, plants and archaeological finds among which his uncle inserted the figures of characters.
In 1708 he followed in London Charles Montagu, Count of Manchester in order to prepare sets for the Italian opera in the Queen’s Theater of Haymarket. Here he created the scenes of “Pirro e Demetrio” by Alessandro Scarlatti and Nicola Haym. During the trip to London he stopped for some time in Holland where he had the opportunity to admire the works of Dutch and Flemish artists of the seventeenth century, the most important representatives of landscape related to the “true”. Towards the end of 1711 due to his quarrelsome nature, after a quarrel with the Italian painter Antonio Pellegrini (also at that time in England), Marco Ricci was forced to return to Venice.
The following year he returned to London with his uncle and stayed there two more years before finally returning to Venice where he died on January 21st, 1730.