(bapt. Naples, 25 Aug. 1616; d ?Naples, ?1656). Neapolitan painter. He was the most individual and sensitive Neapolitan painter of his time, but his career is somewhat obscure. About 80 paintings by him are extant, but only one is dated, St Cecilia in Ecstasy (1645, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence; a modello is in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples). Most of his pictures are small-scale religious works, peopled by exquisitely elegant and refined figures who evoke a feeling of tender melancholy.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)