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Pier Francesco Mola

1612 - 1666

Mola was born in Coldrerio, near Lugano. Apart from two periods in his youth, Mola spent most of his life in Rome, where his father was architect to the Papal Treasury. Although his movements are not well documented, he lived in northern Italy in 1633–40 and 1641–47 and seems to have travelled widely, visiting Venice, Lucca and Bologna. Mola was a prolific draughtsman, drawing for pleasure as well as in preparation for paintings, and he was also a witty caricaturist.