"b. near Naples, 1615. A man of varied talents, being a painter and musician as well as an artist. His masters were Spagnoletto and Aniello Falcone. In 1635, went to Rome, and resided there for the greater part of the time until his death. It is said that in his youth he associated with bandits, and there is an element in his representations of wild scenery and the men he pictures in its midst, that seems to indicate the truth of this. His landscapes are his most characteristic works. Jagged rocks and mountains, wild dells and lonely defiles, with here and there robbers, hermits or soldiers, make his most effective pictures. His works are found in the best of the European collections; they now command enormous prices." [P. 52.]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.