(1591 - 1666)
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri was called Guercino in reference to his pronounced squint. He was the leading Bolognese painter after the death of Guido Reni. His earlier pictures typically combine the chiaroscuro effects of Caravaggio with a charm and softness not usually found in followers of this artist.

Guercino was born at Cento, near Bologna. He...
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