The Adoration of the Shepherds with Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Artist: Cigoli (Ludovico Cardi) (Italian, Castello di Cigoli 1559–1613 Rome)

Date: 1599

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 121 3/8 x 76 1/4 in. (308.3 x 193.7 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gwynne Andrews Fund, 1991

Accession Number: 1991.7


Cigoli, a painter of considerable intellectual accomplishment and a friend of the great scientist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564–1642), was the key artist in Florence in the late sixteenth century. This altarpiece was painted at the height of Cigoli’s career and introduced to Florentine painting a new emotional warmth and emphasis on color, based on the work of of Barocci and Titian. Some of the details are taken directly from nature, such as the still life around the Christ Child and the rustic figures at the right. Cigoli’s work emphasizes the study of nature together with the work of the masters of the High Renaissance.