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Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)

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Painter and draftsman
(Cento, Italy, 1591 - 1666, Bologna, Italy)

ULAN note: Son of a laborer who transported wood. He was called Guercino (squinter), because he was cross-eyed or had a squint in his right eye. Reputedly self-taught early, then an apprentice in the shop of Benedetto Gennari. Patrons included the papal legate at Ferrara and the Archbishop of Bologna. He developed a classical style later in his career. After the death of Guido Reni, Guercino was the leading artist in Bologna. He is also known as a brilliant draftsman.

Some information from Getty's Union List of Artist Names ® (ULAN)

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