The Virgin appearing to Saints Teresa (Rosa of Lima) and Maria, by Carlo Cignani (1628-1719).

Oil on canvas, in a Maratta frame, 57cm by 44.5cm.

This painting was purchased by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793) from the Bronchetti Palace in Rome.

Another much larger version (366 by 220 cm), entitled ‘Coronation of St. Rosa’, with slight differences, is in the Pinacoteca Communale, Forli.

Cignani, who was born in Bologna, was greatly influenced by the refined work of Correggio (1489-1534).

He is thus said to have developped a more gentle style of painting than that usually associated with the Bolognese School.


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