Martyrdom of a Female Saint (Agnes?)

Camillo Procaccini Italian

Not on view

This highly finished modello, drawn with richness of materials, was recognized as the work of Camillo Procaccini by Philip Pouncey in 1953 and identified by Nancy Ward Neilson in 1968 as a study for a painting of the same subject by Camillo in the Santuario dell'Addolorata at Rho (near Milan), datable around 1605-1609 (Neilson 1979, p. 63, fig. 142). In both the painting and the drawing the Castel Sant'Angelo seen at right identifies the place of martyrdom as Rome: the victim could be Saint Agnes. The Museum owns a second drawing for the same composition, a detailed study in red chalk for the face of the Roman soldier seen at left (acc. no. 1975.131.19).

Martyrdom of a Female Saint (Agnes?), Camillo Procaccini (Italian, Bologna 1555–1629 Milan), Charcoal, brush and gray wash, highlighted with white gouache, on brown paper; ruled lines in pen and brown ink

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