Coccapani was born at Florence in 1585. He at first studied literature and mathematics, but abandoned them for painting, becoming a pupil of Ludovico Cigoli in Rome where he assisted him on his work at Santa Maria Maggiore in 1610-13. Using his scientific background he showed Cigoli, who was making a record of solar activity for his friend Galileo, how to observe and record sunspots through a method of projection. Coccapani also studied architecture with Bernardo Buontalenti. Most of his work as an independent artist was done in Florence, where he died in 1643.
His drawing style was heavily indebted to that of his teacher, and some drawings once thought to be by Cigoli are now attributed to Coccapani. He and his brother Giovanni made a collection of drawings by Cigoli and his circle, many of which eventually passed into the collection of the Uffizi.
- Bryan 1886
- Linda Wolk-Simon, Carmen Bambach (2010). An Italian Journey: Drawings from the Tobey Collection : Correggio to Tiepolo. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 144.
- Reeves, p.252
- Reeves 1999, p.5
- Eileen Reeves (1999). Painting the Heavens: Art and Science in the Age of Galileo. Princeton University Press. p. 252.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Bryan, Michael (1886). "Coccapani, Sigismondo". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.
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