The Adoration of the Shepherds
23.3 cm x 20 cm (9 3/16 in. x 7 7/8 in.)
Giovanni Battista Paggi
(Genoa, 1554 - 1627)
Medium and Support:
Pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash over black chalk on beige paper
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Suida-Manning Collection, 2017
Paggi’s style was determined by Cambiaso, his first teacher, but given a more academic orientation and regular appearance during a twenty-year sojourn in Florence. Returning to Genoa in 1599, he was briefly the city’s most important painter and a leading teacher of the next generation. Long thought Cambiaso’s, this drawing has recently been recognized by Mary Newcome as an early work of Paggi.