Cignani, Carlo an Italian painter, was born at Bologna in 1628, and studied under Battista Cairo and Albano. He was also influenced by the genius of Correggio. His greatest work is The Assumption, round the cupola of the Church of the Madonna del Fuoco, at Forli, which occupied him twenty years, and is one of the grandest and most remarkable works of art of the 17th century. He died at Forli, September 6, 1719. The following are some of his best works: Adam and Eve; a Temptation of Joseph, in the Florentine Palazzo Arnoldi; and Samson, in the Bolognese Palazzo Zambeccari. See Encyclop. Brit. (9th ed.) s.v.; Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.