A mid 17th early 18th century Italian oil painting, from the circle of Carlo Cignani. With frame: 44 1/2" x 37 1/2". Canvas: 35" x 27".
Carlo Cignani (15 May 1628 - 8 September 1719) was an Italian painter of the Bolognese and of the Forlivese school, active in the Baroque period.
He was born to a noble family in Bologna, where he studied first under Battista Cairo and later under Francesco Albani, to whom he remained closely allied, and was his most famous disciple. He was, however, also strongly influenced by the genius of Correggio, and by the masterworks by Melozzo da ForlÃ¬. For instance, his masterpiece, the Assumption of the Virgin, around the cupola of the church of the Madonna del Fuoco at ForlÃ¬, is inspired by the Correggio's frescoes in the cupola of the Cathedral of Parma and by the Melozzo's perspective from down to up.