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Study for the Pietà

Giulio Cesare Procaccini (Italian, Bologna 1574–1625 Milan)
Charcoal, highlighted with white gouache, squared in charcoal, on blue paper
9 5/16 x 5 7/8in. (23.6 x 15cm)
Credit Line:
Harry G. Sperling Fund, 1982
Accession Number:
Not on view
Nancy Ward Neilson identified this drawing as a study for the 'Pietà' in the Milanese church of Santa Maria presso San Celso, which is Giulio Cesare Procaccini's earliest known oil painting and which the artist delivered in 1604. There are only minor differences between the Museum's composition study and the painting. A sheet of pen and ink figure studies by Giulio Cesare Procaccini in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan has been convincingly connected with the same 'Pietà' by Emma Spina Barelli (Disegni di maestri lombardi del primo Seicento, Milan 1959, no. 31, and reproduced in M. Valsecchi, I grandi disegni italiani del '600 lombardo all Ambrosiana, Milan 1975, p. 43, fig. 27).
Inscription: Annotated in pen and brown ink twice on verso of old mount: di Camillo Procaccini.
Sir William Marcus John Worsley (British, Malton 1925–2012 Malton); Private Collection, Denmark(according to Sotheby's); Sale, Sotheby's, London, March 25, 1982, lot 7
Jacob Bean, Lawrence Turčić 15th and 16th Century Italian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, pp. 318-19, appendix 17, ill.

Sotheby's, London Catalogue of Fine Old Master Drawings. Day of Sale, Thursday, 25th March 1982. London, 1982, pp. 11, 38, lot 7, pl. 7 (as Giulio Cesare Procaccini).

Jacob Bean, Helen Bobritzky Mules Notable Acquisitions, 1982-1983: Drawings. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1983, p. 47 (entry by Jacob Bean), ill.

Nancy Ward Neilson "A drawing by Giulio Cesare Procaccini." Burlington Magazine. vol. 127, 1985, p. 804.

Hugh Brigstocke "Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625): ses attaches génoises et quelques autres faits nouveaux." Revue de l'Art. no. 85, 1989, p. 59, note 11, fig. 5.

Catherine Legrand "Some Drawings by Procaccini in French Collections." Master Drawings. Vol. 32, No. 1, 1994, p. 33.

Marco Rosci "Cerano e Procaccini a Santa Maria presso San Celso e a Santa Prassede" Il Seicento lombardo. Giornata di Studi. Ed. by Mina Gregori, and Marco Rosci, with Nancy Ward Neilson, Milan, 1996, pp. 47, 49, note 19, fig. 79.

Nancy Ward Neilson Giulio Cesare Procaccini disegnatore. Busto Arsizio, 2004, p. 77, no. 104, fig. 12.

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