The older brother of Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Camillo Procaccini made this highly finished drawing, squared for transfer, for an altarpiece completed in 1601 for one of Milan’s oldest churches, San Vittore al Corpo (Fig. 1). The painting depicts the martyrdom of Saint Victor of Marseille, a third-century soldier killed in the Phocaean city (N. Ward Neilson, Camillo Procaccini. Paintings and Drawings, New York, London, 1979, no. 63, fig. 114). Stylistically the drawing can be compared to a Triumph of David at the British Museum (inv. 1853,1008.4; see ibid., pp. 38-39, fig. 56).
Fig. 1. Camillo Procaccini, The Beheading of Saint Victor, oil on canvas, San Vittore al Corpo, Milan.