"Francesco Gessi (bologna 1588-1649) - Lucrezia"Giovan Francesco Gessi (often cited only under Francesco) (Bologna, January 20, 1588 - Bologna, September 15, 1649) Oil painting on wood: Prof. Alessandro Nesi Dimensions: width 32 cm, height 44 cm Francesco Gessi was an Italian painter, active at the time of the Baroque and operating mainly in Bologna. Born into a noble family and therefore destined for an easy life, following his early penchant for painting, his father allows him to follow this inclination and goes to the workshop of Denijs Calvaert. It did not last long because he immediately came into conflict with the other students of the master belonging to a more modest class. He then went to Guido Reni's workshop. From this launching ramp, it was easy to get orders in Ravenna, Mantua (work inside the ducal palace) and Naples, where he did not consider completing the work because of an atmosphere of very dangerous competition present in the city of Naples. It was the decorations of the San Gennaro Chapel that sanctioned the beginning of the disputes between Gessi and Reni. Back in Bologna, he starts a campaign against his teacher, Guido Reni, who tries to compete with him by denying his teachings. Nevertheless, he managed to open his own workshop in Bologna with Giovanni Giacomo Sementi, his main collaborator when they were together in the workshop of Guido Reni. Among his pupils were brothers Giovanni Battista and Ercolino Ruggiero, Giacomo Castellini, Francesco Correggio and Giulio Trogli.