Happy Birthday Michelangelo Cerquozzi!! Italian born in 1602, the Baroque painter lived and worked in Rome. Although he is best known for his small genre scenes, especially battles, he did paint mythological scenes as well as still life works such as the one pictured below. His friend, Dutchman Pieter van Laer was also a painter of everyday peasant life and a great influence on Cerquozzi. It is reported that he had a fascination with foreign residents of Rome, especially the Spanish that led to connections and commissions for his work.