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Garland with the Virgin and Child and two Angels
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1619
Procaccini, Giulio Cesare; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)
Garland with the Virgin and Child and two Angels
Oil on copperplate. Ca. 1619
Procaccini, Giulio Cesare; Brueghel The Elder, Jan (Jan 'velvet' Brueghel)

Mary holds the Christ Child in one arm, holding one of his feet with the other. Behind them, two angels look on. One looks at the viewer in a request for silence and reflection upon the image. The scene is framed by an abundant garland of flowers. This work is the result of a collaboration between Jan Brueghel, who made one of his most exuberant floral works, and Giulio Cesare Procaccini. It was p

The Agony in the Garden
Oil on unlined canvas. 1616 - 1620
Procaccini, Giulio Cesare
The Agony in the Garden
Oil on unlined canvas. 1616 - 1620
Procaccini, Giulio Cesare

In the Garden of Gethsemane an angel comforts Christ before his crucifixion, while the three Apostles slumber nearby. Procaccini was the most renowned member of a Bolognese family of artists which had settled in Milan. His work reflects a heightened, dramatic religious sensibility with large figures located close the picture plane, as in this example in which Christ’s troubled face contrasts with

Samson and the Philistines
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Procaccini, Giulio Cesare
Samson and the Philistines
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1625
Procaccini, Giulio Cesare

Samson freed himself from his chains and killed a thousand Philistines, enemies of the Israelites, using only the jawbone of an ass (Judges 15:15). Giulio Cesare was the son of the painter Ercole Procaccini and was first trained as a sculptor in Milan. This painting dates from his last period. The frame, which is modern, reproduces a Lombard seventeenth-century model.

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