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(b ?Rome, c.1589; d Venice, 16 Apr. 1623). Italian painter. He studied in Rome under Cigoli, was court painter to Vincenzo Gonzaga in Mantua from 1613 to 1622, and then moved to Venice. His most characteristic works are of religious themes turned into genre scenes of contemporary life. Though small in scale, they are broadly painted, with characteristic ‘windswept’ brushstrokes. Their great popularity is shown by the fact that they often exist in numerous very similar versions.

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