Pietà with Saints John the Evangelist and the Magdalene

Cigoli1599 - 1600

Fondazione Musei Senesi

Fondazione Musei Senesi
Siena, Italy

The paint is an amazing Pietà with saint John the Evangelist and the Magdalene. The alterpiece, still in its original carved wood frame, is from the old chapel of the Bishop Palace of Colle di Val d'Elsa and shows the coat of arms of its commissioner, Usimbardo Usimbardi, the first bishop of the city who held the office from 1592 to 1612.The painting reflects the sweet Venetian intonation and a particularly attention in expressing moving moods.


  • Title: Pietà with Saints John the Evangelist and the Magdalene
  • Date Created: 1599 - 1600
  • painter, architect, sculptor: Ludovico Ciardi known as "Cigoli"
  • collocation: Colle di Val d'Elsa, Civic and Diocesan Sacred Art Museum, Province of Siena
  • Place Part Of: Province of Siena
  • Physical Dimensions: w115 x h115 cm
  • Artist Biography: Ludovico Ciardi is considered as the first "reformer" of the Florentine school of painting towards the Baroque. His first works of Cigoli revealing the diligence - one of the main reasons for its success - in the study of color, design, anatomy, in order to get a more naturalistic style. Through the intercession of the architect Bernardo Buontalenti, he obtained important commissions from the Medici court. He worked in Rome and created a flourishing workshop. He was able to transform the ideals of the Counter more prosaic in a harmonious way aimed at formal beauty, made with almost theatrical composition but expressing the inner drama of the characters.
  • Type: oil on panel
  • Rights: Comune di Colle di Val d'Elsa; Curia Arcivescovile di Siena, Colle di Val d'Elsa, Montalcino; Fondazione Musei Senesi, Fondazione Musei Senesi
  • External Link: Fondazione Musei Senesi

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