Torre was first a pupil of Giacomo Cavedoni, and then studied under Simone Cantarini, whose workshop he inherited in 1648. A decade later, he was in Modena, working for Alfonso IV as superintendent of the Galleria Estense, where his curatorial duties included copying the works of other painters. Torre is known to have been an outstanding copyist, and is thought to have produced works in collaboration with his master, and copies after him, as well as other admired artists, such as Guido Reni.1
We are grateful to Prof. Daniele Benati for proposing an attribution to Flaminio Torre on the basis of photographs, and for describing the work as a capolavoro by the artist.
1 See E. Negro and M. Pirondini, La Scuola di Guido Reni, Modena 1992, pp. 391–408.
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