He was the oldest son of a Flemish painter of landscapes and pupil of Paul Bril, Bathazar Lauwers (Baltassare Lauri), who emigrated from Antwerp to Milan, then Rome. Francesco's younger brother Fillipo Lauri was also a painter and a pupil of Angelo Caroselli. Francesco was a disciple of Andrea Sacchi. He is said by Baldinucci to have painted one of the ovals in the ceiling of the Palazzo de' Crescenzi, and often painted figures for Claude Lorraine.
- See Artists in biographies by Filippo Baldinucci
- Googlebooks entry
- Bryan, Michael (1889). Walter Armstrong and Robert Edmund Graves, ed. Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, Biographical and Critical (Volume II L-Z). York St. #4, Covent Garden, London; Original from Fogg Library, Digitized May 18, 2007: George Bell and Sons. pp. page 25.