Giacomo Legi (Liège 1600 – 1640 Milan)

Though Giacomo Legi was born in Flanders, most likely in Liège, the Italian ring to his name is due to the fact that he spent most of his career in Genoa and Milan. Legi moved to Italy in 1620, following the path of many Flemish painters who hoped to make their fortune there. For many years, he studied still life and market scenes under exiled Flemish artist Jan Roos (1591-1638), or Jean Rosa as he was known. Legi produced many paintings of this genre for Roos, initially signed by his master and only later by his own hand. He then became an instant success and sometimes painted almost identical copies of his canvases. Giacomo Legi played an important role in the development of baroque still life; such rich and abundantly ornate paintings were very popular at that time in both Italy and northern Europe.