(b. 1581 Genoa, Italy, d. 1644 Venice, Italy), was one of the
most influential Italian painters and designers of the early 1600s,
especially in Genoa and Venice. He briefly studied with a painter
and antiquarian before his mother sent him to work with a Sienese
painter in Genoa. Although he became a Capuchin monk and
entered the monastery at San Barnabà in Genoa in 1598, he
continued to paint, producing primarily devotional works. In 1610
Strozzi was given permission to leave the monastery in order to
support his sick widowed mother and unmarried sister as a painter.
In addition to painting in oils, he also painted frescoes, but
few survive. Although he drew on the great variety of styles
available in the busy cosmopolitan center of Genoa, Strozzi was
perhaps most profoundly influenced by Caravaggio and the work of
By 1630, Strozzi's mother had died and his sister had married, but
he refused to return to the monastery. To elude the authorities, he
moved to Venice, where he was nicknamed Il Prete Genovese (the
Genoese priest). His many students and the quantity of his paintings
and versions of them suggest that he probably had a large workshop
with several assistants.
He became one of the artists
who rekindled the spirit of great painting in Venice. Examples of
Strozzi's work are in the major European museums and in Baltimore,
Cleveland, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.