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(bapt. Pisa, 9 July 1563; d London, 7 Feb. 1639). Italian painter, active mainly in Rome, where he settled in about 1576. After working in a Mannerist style he became one of the closest and most gifted of Caravaggio's followers. He was one of the few Caravaggisti who were friends of the master, and in 1603 he and Caravaggio and two other artists were sued for libel by Giovanni Baglione. Gentileschi's work does not have the power and uncompromising naturalism of Caravaggio, tending rather towards the lyrical and refined.

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