Dutch artists working in Rome in the mid-17th century, they were followers of Pieter van Laer (1592-1642) and depicted anecdotal and low-life genre scenes of contemporary Italian life. Van Laer is credited as originator of the name 'Bamboccianti'. He had a deformed body, which earned him the nickname of il Bamboccio (large baby) and his followers were 'little babies' or Bamboccianti. Source: