(b Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna, nr. Rimini, 13 Jan. 1601; d Vienna, 1663). Italian painter. He trained in Bologna (perhaps under Guido Reni) and Rome and worked in various places in central and north Italy, including Venice, where he lived for about a decade, c.1650–c.1660. His final years were spent in Vienna as court painter to the emperor Leopold I. By this time he had altered his name to Canlassi, presumably because of the resemblance of ‘Cagnacci’ to cagnaccio, the Italian word for ‘cur’. Cagnacci essentially worked in the tradition of Reni, and he is regarded as one of the best and most distinctive of the master's followers, often showing a personal sensuous quality in his paintings. They are mainly on religious and classical subjects; he also produced a few portraits.
From The Oxford Dictionary of Art in Oxford Reference.