Head of Christ, The--(The Miraculous Impression), (painting)
Cignani, Carlo 1628-1719
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 80
"CIGNANI, (Carlo.)--Born at Bologna, in 1628; he died in 1719. This celebrated master of the Lombard school was the pupil of Albano; he afterwards studied Raphael, A. Caracci, Correggio and Guido, and assumed a manner of his own, in which were combined the different excellencies of those incomparable masters. He is accounted happy in his taste of composition, and excellent in the disposition of his figures, but censured for too high a finish, and for too great a strength of colouring. His ideas were beautiful, and his imagination fine--whence he is deservedly admired for the force and delicacy of his pencil, for the correctness of his design, for a distinguished elegance in his compositions, and also for the mellowness of his colours." No. 80.--THE HEAD OF CHRIST--(THE MIRACULOUS IMPRESSION.) This is most exquisitely painted, and, though very highly finished, it does not appear hard; on the contrary, it has the appearance of much freedom in the pencilling, and cannot but be considered a fine study for the artist. [Pp. 53-54.]
Catalogue of the Pictures forming the collection of the Works of the Old Masters, with a List of the Engravings now being exhibited at the Gallery of the Lyceum Building, No. 563 Broadway. Second Edition. 1849. New York: George F. Nesbitt, Stationer and Printer, corner of Wall and Water Streets. 1849.