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The Lowering of the Cross with Sts Mary Magdalene, Augustine, Jerome and Angels

Giulio Cesare Procaccinicirca 1618

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Procaccini was one of the leading painters active in Lombardy in the early-17th century. He was based in Milan, but also worked in Genoa where the wealthy banker Gian Carlo Doria was an enthusiatisc patron. This altarpiece was painted for Doria. The painting is not a narrative. Rather the dead body of Christ on the cross – the Corpus Christi – is offered as an object for devotion in relation to the sacrament of Eucharist which would have taken place at the altar below.

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  • Title: The Lowering of the Cross with Sts Mary Magdalene, Augustine, Jerome and Angels
  • Creator: Giulio Cesare Procaccini
  • Date Created: circa 1618
  • Physical Dimensions: 238.0 x 171.7 cm
  • Provenance: Giovanni Carlo Doria, Genoa/Italy, The work was painted c.1618, probably for Procaccini’s Genoese patron Giovanni Carlo Doria. Private Collection The Matthiesen Gallery, London/England, 1981 Private Collection, Jersey/Channel Islands The Matthiesen Gallery, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from the Matthiesen Gallery 2005
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased with funds from the estate of Mr Walter Hartwig through the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation 2005
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Artist Country: Italy

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