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Procaccini, Giulio Cesare

Bologna, 1574 - Milan, 1625

He descends from a family of artists who moved to Milan in 1587. The first documentary record of his work is the payment for a sculptural work in the cathedral of Milan in 1590. His first dated painting is the Pietà in Santa Maria de San Celso in Milan from 1604, around which time he worked alongside Cerano. It is particularly difficult to determine which of the two was a pioneer in achieving such a singular style, so much in line with the effective doctrinal expression of the Borromeo family. It was of great emotional impact and intense religiosity, a style which they both developed by working in close contact until 1610. In the 1620s, Procaccini added to his knowledge on Bolognese painting, the study of the masters of Parma, namely Correggio and Parmigianino, and increased the intensity of his chromatism through his contact with the Genoese school. In those years, the artist acquired increasing fame and prestige and his presence was in demand in Milan, as well as in Genoa, Cremona, Modena and Turin. All these influences and journeys gave rise to a prolific oeuvre, both for the private market and for altarpieces, which became increasingly lively in his later works with infinite and experimental variations, full of highly successful atmospheric effects. It is also worth noting the great quality and variety of his drawings, which were produced with great technical skill and understood as an independent activity rather than mere preparation for his pictorial or sculptural works (García López, D. in: E.M.N.P, 2006, tomo V, pp. 1798-1799).

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