(b St Hippolyte, Franche-Comté, 12 Dec. 1621; d Rome, 14 Nov. 1676) and
(b St Hippolyte, 1628; d Rome, 14 June 1679).
French painters, brothers, active in Italy and often known by the Italian forms of their names, Giacomo and Guglielmo Cortese. They came from Burgundy and both had the nickname ‘Il Borgognone’ or ‘Le Bourguignon’. Jacques was a prolific painter of battle scenes, fairly close in style to those of Salvator Rosa, but more colourful; his work was influential in popularizing the genre in Italy. Guillaume was a pupil of Pietro da Cortona and mainly painted altarpieces. He was an outstanding draughtsman and also made a few etchings. Both brothers worked in Rome for much of their careers and they sometimes collaborated.