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(bapt. Coulommiers, ?3 Jan. 1591; d Rome, 18/19 Aug. 1632). French Caravaggesque painter, active in Rome for all his known career (he is first securely documented there in 1620 but probably arrived appreciably earlier). His life is obscure: the name ‘Moïse’ (the French form of Moses) by which he was called was not his Christian name (which is unknown) but a corruption of the Italian form of ‘monsieur’.

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