Giulio Cesare Procaccini (Bologna 1574 - Milan 1625)
Study of a Young Man Sold
Black chalk, with framing lines in brown ink. Inscribed Giulio Cesare at the lower right.130 x 95 mm. (5 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.)ENQUIRE
This fine drawing is a preparatory study for the head and torso of the archangel Gabriel in one of Procaccini’s finest late works, the large altarpiece of The Annunciation of c.1620, which is today in the Louvre (see related image). The painting has been described by Hugh Brigstocke as ‘a painting of rare beauty…[combining] a calm, static and almost classical composition, a facture and a colour whose warmth and softness evoke Barocci and Rubens.’The attribution of this drawing has been confirmed by Nancy Ward Neilson.