(Bologna 1561 - Milan 1629)
180 x 97 mm. (7 1/8 x 3 3/4 in.)
The fact that the organ shutters would have been seen from below accounts for the low viewpoint adopted in the present sheet. A pendant drawing in red chalk for the other interior organ shutter, depicting The Adoration of the Shepherds, is today in the collection of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, while a preparatory study in red chalk for The Crossing of the Red Sea and the Destruction of Pharoah’s Host is in the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.
Camillo Procaccini treated the subject of the Annunciation throughout his career; in frescoes, altarpieces and altar doors, and organ shutters, as well as in several drawings. Among stylistically similar drawings in red chalk of the same subject is a slightly later sheet of c.1616-1618, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
His sale, London, Sotheby’s, 1 July 1965, lot 131
Faerber & Maison, London
Private collection, London, in 1978
Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby’s, 18 April 1996, lot 8
Nissman, Abromson Ltd., Brookline, Massachusetts
Martin J. Wilheim, New York, from 1999.