Aldrovandi, the name of a gifted family of Bologna. Ulysse, born 1522, died 1607, was a distinguished professor of natural history. He formed with great zeal and industry a vast collection, and began a treatise on a colossal scale. His work was completed after his death. Giuseppe, a decorative painter of high repute, flourished towards the end of the 18th century. Tommaso, son of the last, painted the council chamber at Genoa, and died in 1736. Pompeo Agostino, a cousin and contemporary, was a well-known engraver and oil-painter in Rome, where he died in 1739.