Giulio Cesare Procaccini

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Giulio Cesare Procaccini, The Mystical Marriage of Saint Catherine, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574–1625) was an Italian painter and sculptor of the early Baroque era in Milan.


Born in Bologna he was son of the Mannerist painter Ercole Procaccini the Elder and brother of Camillo Procaccini and Carlo Antonio Procaccini. The family moved to Milan around 1585 with the help of the rich art collector Pirro Visconti.

He began as a sculptor in the Cathedral and in the Milanese church of Santa Maria presso San Celso. In 1610 he painted six of the Quadroni, large canvases celebrating Saint Charles Borromeo.

Among his many altarpieces are the Circumcision (c.1616) now in Galleria Estense, Modena, and the Last Supper (1616) for Convent associated with the Basilica della Santissima Annunziata del Vastato in Genoa. He also painted the Scourging of Christ.

He worked with Giovanni Battista Crespi (il Cerano) and Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli (il Morazzone) following the directions of Cardinal Federico Borromeo, patron of the arts and cousin of Charles Borromeo. He also painted small religious canvases for rich families, in Milan and in Genoa, where he saw the works of Rubens.

His style shows the influence of Bolognese mannerism and Venetian colorism and marks the beginning of the Baroque.


Partial anthology

  • Coronation of the Virgin [1]
  • Virgin with Saints Francis and Dominic; institution of the Rosary [2]
  • Ecce Homo, 1615–1620, today at the Dallas Museum of Art [3]


  • Wittkower, Rudolf (1993). "Art and Architecture Italy, 1600–1750". Pelican History of Art. 1980. Penguin Books Ltd. pp. 98–102.
  • Procaccini exhibition.
  • Domenico Sedini, Giulio Cesare Procaccini, online catalogue Artgate by Fondazione Cariplo, 2010, CC BY-SA.

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