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(b Genoa, 1581; d Venice, 2 Aug. 1644). The leading Genoese painter of his period. He became a Capuchin monk in 1598, hence his nicknames, Il Prete Genovese (‘the Genoese priest’) and Il Cappuccino (‘the Capuchin’). In 1610 he was allowed to leave his monastery to support his sick and widowed mother and his unmarried sister. By 1630 his mother was dead and his sister had married, and Strozzi is said to have been pressurized to return, this accounting for his move in 1630/1 to Venice (where he spent the rest of his life).

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