SPADA, Lionello
(b. 1576, Bologna, d. 1622, Parma)

The Gypsy Fortune Teller

Oil on canvas, 211 x 158 cm
Galleria Estense, Modena

In this painting the emphasis falls on the ludicrously foppish gull, his dress so extravagant, and his exaggerated stance based on the contrapposto of classical sculpture, while the majestic gypsy was perhaps inspired by the Borghese Zingarella.

It can be noted that Spada's language figuratively embraces Caravaggio's, but is stylistically closer to the "academic" vision of the Carracci.