This painting is a copy after the Genoese artist Giovanni Battista Paggi's composition painted in the first decades of the 17th century, which exists in a number of versions, including one last recorded in the ownership of J.H. Weitzner, New York.1 The work was also engraved by Cornelis Galle I.2
A follower of Luca Cambiaso, Paggi was born into a noble family in Genoa, but was banished from the city in 1581 when he mortally wounded a patron who failed to remunerate him. He was given protection by Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, and settled in Florence, and was eventually allowed to return to his native town in 1599. There he set up a studio in his own house, making use of his extensive collection and library to train Genoese Baroque artists including Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione.
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