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Cardi, Ludovico

Castelvecchio di Cigoli, Tuscany, 1559 - Rome, 1613

A student of the Florentine painters Alessandro Allori (1535-1607) and Santi di Tito (1536-1602), and of the architect Bernardo Buontalenti (1536-1608). During the early 1580s Cigoli painted two lunettes in the Chiostro Grande of S. Maria Novella, Florence. In the same decade he also received numerous commissions from the Medici family, such as that to design decorations to celebrate the marriage of Ferdinand I to Maria Christina of Lorraine in 1589. By the end of the sixteenth century Cigoli had risen to become the leading painter in Florence as well as an exponent of the early Baroque, and his search for greater naturalism is evident in such works as Heraclius Carrying the Cross (1594; Florence, S. Marco) and in his undisputed masterpiece, the Martyrdom of St. Stephen (1597; Florence, Galleria Palatina). In 1604 he was summoned to Rome, where he lived out the rest of his career, to paint St. Peter Healing the Cripple, for St. Peter (1604-1606). During his final decade, Cigoli participated in various decorative projects, such as that depicting the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception (1610-1613) in the dome of the Pauline Chapel. Although his roots were firmly in the Florentine tradition of disegno, he was also susceptible to external influence such as that of Federico Barocci (c.1535-1612) and of Venetian artists (Turner, N.: From Michelangelo to Annibale Carracci. A century of Italian drawings from the Prado, Art Services International-Museo Nacional del Prado, 2008, p. 168).

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Saint Peter healing the lame
Wash on dark yellow paper, Ca. 1606
Cardi, Ludovico

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