By Anne Leader

Giuseppe Maria Crespi, was born 14 March 1665 in Bologna. Known as “Lo Spagnuolo” because of his taste for Spanish fashions, he was a dominant figure in late Baroque Bolognese painting. Crespi is known for religious and mythological works painted with loose brushwork and strong tenebrism. He was one of the first Italian artists to have success with genre painting.

Reference: Catherine R. Puglisi and Giovanna Perini. “Crespi (ii).” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.

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