Viani Giovanni Maria
Viani Giovanni Maria an eminent Italian painter, was born at Bologna in 1637. He studied along with Pasinelli in the school of Flaminio Torre. He executed many works for the churches of Bologna, as well as for other public edifices. He opened a school opposite to that of Cignani, in which he instructed several pupils. Besides his work as painter, he executed several spirited etchings from his own designs and after Caracci. He died in 1700. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.