Carlo Cignani

Carlo Cignani
Carlo Cignani, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin, 1680

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 Forlì. For instance, his masterpiece, the Assumption of the Virgin, around the cupola of the church of the Madonna del Fuoco at Forlì, 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. These frescoes occupied Cignani for some twenty years.

In 1681, Cignani returned to Bologna from Parma. He opened an accademia del nudo for painting from models and had as one of his pupils Giuseppe Maria Crespi.

He had some of the defects of his masters: his elaborate finish and his audacious artificiality in the use of color and in composition mark Albani's influence. Despite that, he imparted to his work more of an intellectual character than his mentors. As a man Cignani was eminently amiable, unassuming and generous.

He accepted no honors offered him by the duke of Parma, but lived and died an artist. In 1686 he moved to Forlì, where he died. When the Accademia Clementina for Bolognese artists was founded in 1706, Cignani was posthumously elected Principe in absencia for life. His most famous pictures, in addition to the Assumption already cited, are the Entry of Paul III into Bologna; the Francis I Touching for Kings Evil; a Power of Love, painted under a fine ceiling by Agostino Carracci, on the walls of a room in the ducal palace at Parma; an Adam and Eve (at The Hague); and two of Joseph and Potiphars Wife (at Dresden and Copenhagen).

His son Felice Cignani (1660–1724) and nephew Paolo Cignani (1709–1764) were also painters. His most noted pupils were Marcantonio Franceschini and Federico Bencovich. Other pupils include Giacomo Boni, Andrea and Francesco Bondi; Giovanni Girolamo Bonesi; Girolamo Domini; Francesco Galli; Bonaventura Lamberti; Matteo Lamboni; Camilla Lauteri; Stefano Maria Legnani; Charles Lucy (1692 - after 1767), Francesco Mancini; and Paolo Antonio Paderna[1].

Anthology of works

  • Magdalen - Dulwich Picture Gallery [1]
  • [2] Joseph and Potiphar's Wife] (c. 1680) - Oil on canvas, 99 x 99 cm, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden
  • Joseph and Potiphar's Wife - Musee Fesch, Ajaccio [3]
  • Charity - Oil on canvas, 119.4 x 161.3 cm, San Francisco Museum of Art[4]
  • Allegory of Spring - Oil on canvas, Galleria Spada, Rome [5]
  • Judgement of Paris (1691) - Oil on canvas, 130.5 x 161 cm, [6]
  • Aurora, Circolo della Scranna, Forlì [7]


  1. ^ *Hobbes, James R. (1849). Picture collector's manual adapted to the professional man, and the amateur. T&W Boone, 29 Bond Street; Digitized by Googlebooks. pp. 51–52.'s. 
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  • Spike, John T. (1986). Centro Di. ed. Giuseppe Maria Crespi and the Emergence of Genre Painting in Italy. Fort Worth: Kimball Museum of Art. pp. 14–15. 
  • Cignani Family - article from the Catholic Encyclopedia

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