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(b Terenzo, nr. Parma; bapt. Parma, 26 Jan. 1582; d Rome, 29 Nov. 1647). Italian painter, who with Guercino and Pietro da Cortona ranks as one of the founders of the High Baroque style of painting. He trained in Parma under Agostino Carracci before going to Rome in 1602 to assist Annibale Carracci in the Palazzo Farnese. After Annibale's death in 1609, he returned for a while to Emilia, but by about 1612 was back in Rome, where he gradually superseded his arch-rival Domenichino as the leading fresco painter in the city.

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