(b Bologna, 15 May 1628; d Forlì, 6 Sept. 1719). Bolognese painter. He was a pupil of Francesco Albani, but his style was more influenced by Domenichino and Guido Reni, and he became the main force in upholding the tradition of Bolognese classicism into the 18th century; his sweetness and grace also show his admiration for Correggio. He was a slow-working perfectionist, but he employed numerous assistants in his decorative commissions.
Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)