(b. 1576, Bologna, d. 1622, Parma)
Italian painter, born in Bologna in 1576, Lionello Spada was trained as a quadraturist in the workshop of Cesare Baglione. He was the companion, and, according to contemporaries, the assistant of Caravaggio, and he underwent his influence. He continued his development alongside of Dentone and Brizio, while at the same time gravitating increasingly towards the Carracci Academy. There he fell under the influence of Lodovico Carracci, whose stylistic tendencies remained a constant in all of Spada's subsequent production.