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(bapt. Naples, 7 Dec. 1578; d Naples, Dec. 1635). Neapolitan painter. He was one of the greatest of Caravaggio's followers, and his powerful work was an important factor in making Naples a stronghold of the Caravaggesque style. The decisive impact that Caravaggio made on him can be seen from his Liberation of St Peter (c.1615), painted for the same church (the Chiesa del Monte della Misericordia, still in situ) as the master's Seven Acts of Mercy.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)