Painter for the Este, but not the Best
Painter and engraver from the Ferrarese, Lodovico Lana (1597-1646) found a home and employment with the Este in Modena.
With a style reminiscent of Guido Reni, with whom he may have studied, Lana was much in demand as a portraitist, though the high reputation he enjoyed in his day did not last long after his death. Lana's best-known work is the Plague Altarpiece in the Chiesa del Voto in Modena. He did much of the painting for that church; other works can be seen in the Galleria Estense and the Musei Civici, and in the Bologna Pinacoteca.