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Lodovico Lana

Painter for the Este, but not the Best

Plague Altarpiece, Chiesa del Voto

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.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Wikimedia