Domenico Cresti, detto il Passignano
Passignano 1556 - Firenze 1638

Passignano ranks, for his monumental, dramatic, narrative painting style, with Lodovico Cigoli, Jacopo Empoli and the slightly older Santi di Tito as a leader in late sixteenth-century Florence. It was they who, influenced by Counter Reformation concerns for accuracy and piety, moved from Mannerist conventions to a new realism, clarity, and expressive power that initiated the Baroque in Florentine art.