Cariani, Giovanni an Italian historical and portrait painter of great merit, was born at Bergamo, according to some authorities about 1510, but there are pictures by him dated 1514 and 1519. In the church of San Gottardo at Bergamo is his celebrated painting representing the Virgin and Infant in the Clouds. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.; Rose, General Biog. Dict. s.v.