Italian painter, born in Mantua and active mainly in Rome, where he was one of the most important of Caravaggio
s followers. He specialized in low-life scenes
of taverns, soldiers in guardrooms, cardplaying, etc., and it was he rather than Caravaggio
himself who was mainly responsible for popularizing this kind of work, particularly with painters from France and the Netherlands who came to Italy. In spite of his contemporary reputation, no works survive that are signed or documented as his, and several of the forty or so paintings now given to him were formerly attributed to Caravaggio, an example being the Concert in the Uffizi, Florence.
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