Italian Baroque painter, active mainly in Rome. Although he trained there with Cesari
and in Bologna with Albani,
his style, characterized by warm colouring and soft modelling, was formed mainly on the example of Guercino
and Venetian art (his early career is not well documented, but he probably spent most of the period 1633-47 in north Italy). He painted frescoes in Roman churches and palaces, and his best-known painting is the striking Barbary Pirate (Louvre, Paris, 1650), but his most characteristic works are fairly small canvases with religious or mythological figures set in landscapes. They are somewhat reminiscent of Albani,
but much freer, and closer in spirit to Salvator Rosa,
with whom Mola was one of the chief representatives of a distinctively romantic strain in Roman painting in the mid 17th century.
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