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(b Arenella, nr. Naples, 21 July [or less likely 20 June] 1615; d Rome, 15 Mar. 1673). Italian painter and etcher, a fiery and flamboyant character who was a poet and actor as well as an artist. After training in Naples, he spent most of his career in Rome, except for the 1640s, when he lived mainly in Florence; his decision to move there was probably connected with the scandal he caused by publicly satirizing the great Bernini.

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