Little-known artist. Painted decadent everyday scenes, mythological and religious pictures. Preferred allegorical themes based on conflict. He painted in a more rough and ready manner than Caravaggio, but deftly copied his lighting effects and foreshortens the action so the viewer feels an accomplice to the scene. Together with other Caravaggisti, particularly Valentin, he influenced artists from northern countries working in Rome, such as Hontthorst and Terbrugghen.
Bartolommeo Manfredi’s major works are Cupid Chastized, 1610 (Art Institute of Chicago); Allegory of the Four Seasons, c. 1610 (Ohio: Dayton Art Institute); Cain Murdering Abel, c. 1610 (Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum); The Fortune Teller, c. 1610–15 (Detroit Institute of Arts); The Triumph of David, c. 1615 (Paris: Musée du Louvre).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.