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(bapt. Ostiano, nr. Mantua, 25 Aug. 1582; d Rome, 12 Dec. 1622). Italian painter, active mainly in Rome, where he was one of the most important of Caravaggio's followers. It is not known when he settled in Rome (his life is poorly documented), but it was probably not later than about 1605 and he could well have been personally acquainted with Caravaggio (who left the city in 1606). Most of Manfredi's paintings have religious subjects, but he is chiefly important for his low-life scenes of taverns, cardplaying, soldiers in guardrooms, etc.

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