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Giulio Cesare Procaccini


Cesare Procaccini


(b Bologna, 30 May 1574; d Milan, 14 Nov 1625).

Painter and sculptor, son of Ercole Procaccini. Having moved to Milan with the rest of the family in the mid-1580s, he trained as a sculptor, perhaps in the workshop of Francesco Brambilla, and then worked (1591–9) for the workshop of Milan Cathedral. The results of this work are difficult to identify, and the most secure attribution is the left term on the altar of St Joseph. There followed a period (1597–1602) of intense sculptural activity for the church of S Maria presso S Celso, for the façade of which he executed two high reliefs in marble, the Visitation and Birth of the Virgin (both in situ). In 1597 he may have accompanied his brother Camillo to Reggio Emilia, where Camillo added to his earlier fresco decorations for S Prospero. Between 1597 and 1600 Giulio Cesare is documented as working as a sculptor for Cremona Cathedral, to which two sculptures, St Matthew and St John, were delivered, after many delays, in 1625. He also produced the gilded wood Guardian Angel (1597; Cremona, Mus. Civ. Ala Ponzone) for S Monica, Cremona. From Cremona he travelled to Parma, where he studied the works of Correggio, Parmigianino and Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli, which had a significant impact on the style of his early paintings.


St Sebastian Tended by Angels

Oil on wood, 285 x 139 cm
Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels



The Holy Family with John the Baptist and Angel


The Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine
Oil on panel
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg




Virgen con el nino y angeles en una guirnalda


Coronation of the Virgin with Saints Joseph and Francis of Assisi


The Ecstasy of the Magdalen


The Annunciation


Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels

Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine

Oil on canvas, 145 x 145 cm
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan


The Martyrdom of St Sebastian

Oil on canvas
Civico Museo d'Arte Antica, Castello Sforzesco, Milan


The Virgin and Child with the Infant St John the Baptist and Attendant Angels

Oil on panel, 51 x 37 cm
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

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