Francesco Albani (1578 - 1660)
Francesco Albani or Albano (March 17 or August 17, 1578–October 4, 1660) was an Italian Baroque painter born at Bologna.
His father was a silk merchant who intended to instruct his son in the same trade; but by age twelve, Albani studied in Bologna with the Mannerist Denijs Calvaert, where he met Guido Reni. Soon he joined the so-called "Academy" run by the Carracci family, where he was an enthusiastic pupil. This studio fostered the careers of many painters of the Bolognese school, including Domenichino, Massari, Viola, Lanfranco, Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi, Pietro Faccini, Remigio Cantagallina, and Reni.