Ascanio Luciano (1621-1706)
Details about his life are scarce. He is believed to have been born in Naples in 1621. When the architectural painter Viviano Codazzi took up residence in Naples in 1634, Luciano was just 13 years old. It is believed that Luciano trained with Codazzi before Codazzi left Naples around 1650. The basis for the assumption is that Luciano's early works are very close in style to those of Codazzi to the point of often being confused with works of his presumed master. In 1665 Luciano became a member of the Congregation of painters of Ss. Anna and Luca. Luciano lived until a very old age and died in Naples on 18 August 1706.