Neapolitan School. Born 1615; died 1673. He studied under his brother-in-law Francanzano. through whom, if not directly from Ribera, he acquired something of the latter's style. Except for several years of activity in Florence (1640-49), and brief return trips to Naples, he worked throughout most of his career in Rome. There he was influenced by the work of Caravaggio, by Falcone, and in the early 1660s he was in close touch with Mola. He is best known for his battle scenes and his somewhat romantic, improvised landscapes with small figures; but he also attained significant expression, if not great technical excellence, in monumental figure paintings.