Giovanni Battista Paggi

Giovanni Battista Paggi (Feb 27, 1554 – Mar 10, 1627) was an Italian painter of the Late-Renaissance and early-Baroque.

He was born in Genoa into the well-to-do family of his father Pellegrino. In an apparent dispute over pay, he is said to have mortally wounded a patron, and was forced to flee Genoa in 1579, and take refuge in Tuscany, in the towns of Aulla sul Magra, then Pisa, and finally to Florence. He joined the Accademia e Compagnia delle Arti del Disegno in 1568, and shared workspace in Florence with Federico Zuccari. He returned to Genoa as early as 1590, but not permanently till 1599 under the protection of the Doria family.

He is known as one of the followers of the style and briefly pupil of Luca Cambiasi and the teacher of Giulio Benso, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Sinibaldo Scorza, Domenico Fiasella, and Giovanni Andrea Podesta. Other sources cite Scorza, Luciano Borzone, Giulio Benso Bernardo Castello, Giovanni Domenico Cappellino, and Agostino & Giovanni Battista Montanari as his pupils.

Miracle of Saint Catherine (converting two criminals) – Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella, Florence
Transit of Saint Clare – Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, Genoa
Martyrdom of Saint Ursula and the virgins -Duomo, Savona
Venus with two cupids sharpening arrows -Genoa
Madonna of the Rosary – Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti di Genova, Genoa
Birth of the Virgin -Lucca Cathedral
Martyrdom of Sant’Andrea (1590) – Sant’Agostino, Loano
Annunciation -San Lorenzo, Genoa
Venus and Cupid -Dulwich Picture Gallery, London.
Crucifixion with Saints (1610)- Duomo of Pisa