Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582-1622)

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Author name: Bartolomeo Manfredi
(1582, Ostiano, near Cremona - 1622, Roma). He was an Italian painter, a leading member of the Caravaggisti of the early 16th century. Manfredi was a successful artist, able to keep his own servant before he was thirty years old, "a man of distinguished appearance and fine behaviour" according to the biographer Giulio Mancini, although seldom sociable. He built his career around easel paintings for private clients, and never pursued the public commissions upon which wider reputations were built, but his works were widely collected in the 17th century and he was considered Caravaggio's equal or even superior.