Jacopo Or Giaeomo Cavedone, an Italian painter, born at Sassuolo, Modena, in 1577, died in Bologna in 1660. Escaping from a home made unendurable to him by his father's violence, he became page to a nobleman in Bologna, whose picture gallery gave him an opportunity of cultivating artistic tastes, which were developed under the tuition of several masters, especially Annibale Carracci, who soon ranked him among his ablest pupils. Subsequently he studied in Venice, and on his return to Bologna he executed pictures of the " Nativity" and the "Adoration of the Magi" for the San Paolo church, which gave him great reputation. His masterpiece in the church of the Mendicanti di Den-tro, representing St. Alo and St. Petronio kneeling before the Virgin and child, with a glory of angels, is celebrated for the imposing and yet simple cast of the drapery, and for its matchless beauties of composition, coloring, and expression; it has been often ascribed, like many of his other productions, to his teacher Carracci, and to other illustrious masters. Guido took him as a model in fresco painting, in which he produced the finest and most harmonious effects by using a limited but the most suitable variety of tints. In richness of coloring he was unrivalled among the artists of the Bolognese school.
The latter part of his life was saddened by charges of witchcraft brought against his wife by superstitious people, and by the death of an only son who was a promising artist. Distracted to the verge of madness and reduced to starvation by his inability to work, he fell senseless in the streets while unavailingly asking for alms, and was removed to a stable, where he soon breathed his last. Besides the pictures mentioned, most of his other works are in Bologna. Florence possesses his portrait painted by himself, Munich his "Dead Christ mourned by an Angel," and the Louvre in Paris his "St. Cecilia."