Giulio Cesare Procaccini

Cartoon for an Altar Frontal with The Birth of the Virgin and The Annunciation

c. 1597-1619
Jan Brueghel's presence in Milan in 1594-96 stimulated a fashion for floral design. An altar frontal based on the present design by Procaccini, showing scenes from the life of the Virgin intertwined with floral motifs, was made by Ludovica Pellegrini, a Milanese nun who specialized in ecclesiastical silk embroidery. That such an embroidery survives today (in the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, Turin) is unusual, and equally rare is the existence of this large-scale preparatory cartoon on paper.
Title
Cartoon for an Altar Frontal with The Birth of the Virgin and The Annunciation
Date
c. 1597-1619
Medium
Drawing
Materials
graphite, red and black chalk, and tempera, heightened with gold (silver?) and black ink on cream laid paper, mounted on fibreglas backing
Dimensions
104.7 x 223.5 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1978
Accession number
18964

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