"Giovanni Battista Paggi (genoa, 1554-1627) - Holy Family"Giovanni Battista Paggi (Genoa, 1554-1627) - Holy Family Experties: Prof. Camillo Manzitti dimensions: canvas 102x86, frame 115x99cm The painting reproduced here, representing the Holy Family (oil on canvas, 102 x 86 cm), is a certain work of The Genoese painter Giovanni Battista Paggi (Genoa 1554 - 1627). Of noble origin, endowed with a vast literary culture thanks to its first studies, Paggi has no trouble to easily tie bonds of friendship in the highest intellectual sphere of the time. Self-taught, he was master of himself and of the talent that brought him nature, thanks to which he was able to re-elaborate with the inspiration of the ideas captured by the best of the painting. Most importantly, his friendship with Luca Cambiaso, generous with advice and teaching, was greatly enhanced by his willingness to learn. He was also able to enjoy many years spent in Florence during a 20-year exile in Tuscany (1579-1599) because of a conviction for fatally wounding a man in an armed conflict. This occasion brought him a great familiarity with the Florentine painters and especially with the Cigoli, for a mutual exchange of stimuli and influences. The works painted in Florence for various churches have been so successful that they have been reproduced on engravings by the great Flemish engraver Cornelis Galle and disseminated everywhere. This Holy Family is probably related to the moment of its return to its native country, or at least towards the end of the Tuscan sojourn, as suggested by the obvious analogies with works that are certainly documented or dated at the turn of the century. It is the moment when his painting gives itself to poetic accents of affectionate and gentle sentimentality, where the exchange of amorous senses in the atmospheres of everyday domestic life often prevails over the cultivated but austere literary inflections, peculiar to the intellectual sphere. of belonging.