COLI Giovanni (b. 1636, San Quirico di Lucca, d. 1681, Lucca) Nationality : Italian
Italian painter. His career is inextricably linked with that of Filippo Gherardi, in collaboration with whom all his works were executed. The few works painted by Gherardi after Coli's death suggest that the rich colour of their joint productions came from Coli. He was a pupil of Sebastiano Gherardi, Filippo's father, and subsequently of Pietro Paolini. Coli and Gherardi then moved to Rome, training under Pietro da Cortona, from whom Coli derived his taste for Baroque amplification and a feeling for colour harking back to 16th-century Venetian models.