The Drunkenness of Noah, c. 1620
red chalk over traces of black chalk on laid paper
23.7 x 34.8 cm
Gift of Armando and Hélène Notte, Bright's Grove, Ontario, 1995
National Gallery of Canada (no. 38111)
Trained in Bologna, Procaccini was principally active in Milan from 1587 onwards. This highly finished figure study is preparatory for the central figure of Noah without his sons in a painting surviving in the Hatton Art Gallery at the University of Newcastle, dated on the basis of style to around 1620. It is treated with an exuberant, finely modulated stroke in which the red chalk appears to have been worked into the paper with the fingers. The virtuoso handling seems appropriate for a design based on the steeply foreshortened figure.