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Title Dead Christ with Angels
Collection University of Edinburgh Fine Art Collection
Artist Procaccini, Giulio Cesare (Italian painter and draftsman, 1574-1625)
Date Earliest about 1615
Date Latest about 1616
Description This work is a colour modello for the lunette of the Dead Christ with Angels now in the sacristy of S Angelo, Milan, which formerly decorated the doorway separating two cloisters of Sant Angelo. This modello would have represented a fairly well realised version of the final painting. Procaccini shows the dead Christ surrounded by several grieving angels. Mary Magdalen is also shown, tenderly holding Christ's hand. The more triumphant emotional mood in the final painting signifies a change in theological content, lessening the sense of immediate grief and emphasising the hope for eternal salvation in Christ's sacrifice. Valsecchi gives this painting a date of 1615-16.
Current Accession Number EU 729
Former Accession Number NGS no. 64
Subject religion
Measurements 28.0 x 43 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on paper; panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Sir James Erskine, third Baronet of Torrie 1835.
Principal Exhibitions Il Seicento Lombardo, Palazzo Reale, Milan, 1973; The Torrie Collection. An Exhibition to mark the Quatercentenary of the University of Edinburgh, Talbot Rice Art Centre, The University of Edinburgh, 1983, cat. no. 29.
Publications Waagen, G., Treasures of Art in Great Britain, 1854-7, London, vol. 3, p. 273, no. 14; Catalogue of Portraits and busts of Benefactors, Principals, Professors and others and of the Torrie Collection of Paintings and Bronzes. The Property of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 1909; Valsecchi, Il seicento lombardo: catalogo dei dipinti e delle sculture, Milan, 1973, p. 44, cat. no. 94; Bury, M., 'Procaccini's Dead Christ; placing an unusual composition in context', Apollo, cxx11ii, no. 351, May 1991, pp. 327-31; The Torrie Collection. An Exhibition to mark the Quatercentenary of the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 1983, cat. no. 29, p. 25; Macmillan, D., A Catalogue of the The Torrie Collection, Edinburgh, 2004, p. 25.
Rights Owner Torrie Collection
Author Dr Patricia Smyth



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