FERRARI, Gregorio de
(b. 1647, Porto Maurizio, d. 1726, Genova)

Ascension of Christ

c. 1690
Oil on canvas
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

This painting is a bozzetto for the ceiling painting in Santi Filippo e Giacomo in Genoa. The ceiling was destroyed in 1942. Unmistakably, this celestial world of swirling clouds and figures were patterned after Correggio's cupola painting in Parma, which was carefully studied by seventeenth-century Genovese painters.