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Giulio Cesare Procaccini

1574 Bologna – 1625 Milan

Giulio Cesare Procaccini, the younger brother of Camillo Procaccini, worked initially as sculptor, according to the archive of the Fabbrica del Duomo in Milan. Around 1605 Procaccini started a very successful career as a painter, as is suggested by the numerous religious paintings he made for churches in Milan. In his painted work, Procaccini combined stylistic elements of the art of Parmigianino and Correggio, translating them into his own late Mannerist language, characterized by a wealth of color and dynamic brushwork; his style was to influence the development of Milanese painting of the early seicento. The prints of Giulio Cesare are of greatest rarity and far less known than the work of his brother Camillo. According to Sue Welsh Reed, only two of the six sheets attributed to Giulio Cesare are autograph works (see Exhibit. Cat. Italian Etchers of the Renaissance and Baroque. Boston 1989, no. 58, pp. 121-123). Apparently Procaccini only made etchings on the side and for a short period.