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Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1570-1625), The Holy Family. The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1570-1625), The Holy Family. The Rest on the Flight into Egypt.

A Mary full of sorrow bends to the Christ Child who returns her gaze with equal passion. The Passion is also implicitly present in the crossshaped pose of the Christ Child, stretching across the entire surface, and in the red anemones Mary holds in her hand.

The mood of the painting

The apocryphal writings known as the Pseudo-Gospel of Matthew states how anemones sprang from the ground around the base of the Cross in the evening of Good Friday. The mood of the painting is very much created by contrasts between light and shadow which also serve to prefigure what lies ahead for the small family.

An anticipation of the Baroque painting

Giulio Cesare Procaccini began his career as a sculptor, a fact which might explain his solid sense of the plastic. From around 1600 he turned conclusively to painting, developing it in the direction of a refined and elegant Mannerist figural style with clear links to his fellow artist Parmigianino (1503-1540). However, the depth and intensity with which he renders human emotion anticipates Baroque painting.

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