Francesco Albani

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Francesco Albani



Francesco Albani or Albano (17 March or 17 August 1578 4 October 1660) was an Italian Baroque painter who was active in Bologna (15911600), Rome (16001609), Bologna (1609), Viterbo (16091610), Bologna (1610), Rome (16101617), Bologna (16181660), Mantova (16211622), Roma (16231625) and Florence (1633).

Born 1578 in Bologna, his father was a silk merchant who intended to instruct his son in the same trade; but by age twelve, Albani became an apprentice under the competent mannerist painter Denis Calvaert, where he met Guido Reni. Soon he followed Reni to the so-called "Academy" run by the Carracci family: Annibale, Agostino, and Ludovico. This studio fostered the careers of many painters of the Bolognese school, including Domenichino, Massari, Viola, Lanfranco, Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, Pietro Faccini, Remigio Cantagallina, and Reni.