Artist. Known as Luca Fa-Presto, or Speedy Luca, because of the rapidity with which he could execute a painting, he was born in Naples, and studied there under Ribera. In 1682 and 1683, he worked in Florence, including a huge fresco in the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi; then, in 1692, he went to Spain at the invitation of King Charles II, and did not return until after Charles died, nearly ten years later. His most important work during his final years in Naples is the enormous painting, in the Church of Girolamini, of Christ Driving the Moneylenders from the Temple.
Bio by: Iain MacFarlaine