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GIULIO CESARE PROCACCINI (BOLOGNA 1570-1625 MILAN)
GIULIO CESARE PROCACCINI (BOLOGNA 1570-1625 MILAN)
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GIULIO CESARE PROCACCINI (BOLOGNA 1570-1625 MILAN)

The Holy Family

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GIULIO CESARE PROCACCINI (BOLOGNA 1570-1625 MILAN)
The Holy Family
oil on canvas
62 1⁄4 x 50 3⁄4 in. (158.1 x 128.8 cm.)
Provenance
Private collection, Lucca, and by inheritance to the present owner.
Literature
H. Brigstocke and O. D'Albo, Giulio Cesare Procaccini Life and Work with a Catalogue of his Paintings, Turin, 2020, p. 386, cat. no. 166.
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Lot Essay

Discovered in 2018, this picture is a fine addition to Procaccini’s oeuvre, a typically commanding composition that displays the dynamism and lively brushwork of the artist’s maturity. Procaccini was one of the most distinctive talents of north Italian painting at the turn of the seventeenth century. Raised in Bologna, he moved together with his father Ercole to Milan, in around 1585, and initially trained as a sculptor - the only member of the Procaccini artistic dynasty to do so. By around 1600, however, he had turned his sights to painting and in short time became a key figure in a flourishing artistic movement in the subsequent decades in Lombardy, displaying compelling Mannerist tendencies and anticipating the dramatic energy of the Baroque.
It was testament to Procaccini’s talent that the artist attracted the patronage of the most discerning collectors of the day, both in Milan, receiving commissions from Scipione Toso, Pirro and Fabio Visconti, and beyond, from the Genoese connoisseur Giovanni Carlo Doria. Doria’s posthumous inventory recorded over 25 pictures by the artist and in his correspondence, Procaccini is described as his ‘amicho commune di molto vallore’ (‘our mutual friend of much value’). Perhaps his most significant commission came in 1610, when he was charged to make six monumental canvases for the Duomo in Milan to celebrate the canonization of Carlo Borromeo. The present lot dates to circa 1620, and the figures, together with the earthy red and brown tones of the palette, recall other interpretations of the same subject, such as the pictures in the Castello Sforzesco, Milan, and the Saibene collection (see H. Brigstocke and O. D’Albo, op. cit., nos. 167 and 164 respectively). A copy of the composition, of similar dimensions, is held in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples (inv. no. Q1487).

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