CASSANA Niccolo (b. 1659, Venezia, d. 1714, London) Nationality : Italian
Italian painter. He was apprenticed to his father, the Genoese painter Giovanni Francesco Cassana (1611-1690), and from him learned to paint in the tenebrist style. In 1684 he was enrolled in the guild of Venetian painters. After the death of Justus Sustermans (1681), the official portraitist of the Medici court, Cassana tried to win favor by sending a Self-Portrait (1683) to Florence to form part of the collection of self-portraits in the Uffizi. Yet this work, the earliest example of his prolific output as a portrait painter, was rejected and relegated to the gallery's storeroom.