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(b Cortona, Tuscany, 1 Nov. 1596; d Rome, 16 May 1669). Italian painter, architect, decorator, and designer, second only to Bernini as the most versatile genius of the full Roman Baroque style. He is named after the town of his birth, where he probably had some training with his father, a stonemason, before settling in Rome in about 1612. His first major works there were frescos in the church of S.

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