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Michele Greco

or Grecchi, called Lucchese, active between 1534 and 1564 in Rome

The name of the painter, engraver and publisher Michele Greco appears for the first time in 1534 in the catalogue of the Accademia di S. Luca in Rome. In 1551 he is recorded as a painter. Greco mainly did reproductive engravings after prominent artists of his time, such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Polidoro da Caravaggio and Bandinelli. For this reason alone his prints have considerable documentary value. Greco’s printed oeuvre, produced between 1547 and 1564, is missing from Adam von Bartsch’s Peintre- Graveur and his prints are generally rare.