Baptised on 15 May 1625 at Camerano (Ancona). In 1636 he went to Rome where he studied, as a boy, under Andrea Sacchi, and became influenced by Correggio and Cortona. In 1650 he established his reputation with the Adoration of the Shepherds, painted for the church of S. Giuseppe dei Falegnami. Thereafter he became the principal master of late Baroque painting in Rome. He died in Rome on 15 December 1713.