DescriptionThe gentle portrait of the young Virgin and baby Christ reproduces a detail of the oil painting in the Museum's collection Madonna and Child with Saints Francis and Dominic and Angels by the Baroque era Italian painter and sculptor Giulio Cesare Procaccini. Greeting: Christmas Greetings.
20 cards and 20 envelopes per box. 6 1/4" x 4 7/8".
- 20 cards and 20 envelopes per box
- 6 1/4'' x 4 7/8''
- Greeting: Christmas Greetings
Art HistoryBorn in Bologna in 1574, Giulio Cesare Procaccini moved to Milan with his family in the mid-1580s, where he trained as a sculptor, perhaps in the workshop of Francesco Brambilla. In the early seventeenth century, Procaccini travelled to Parma, where he studied the works of Correggio, Parmigianino and Girolamo Mazzola Bedoli, which had a significant impact on the style of his early paintings, including Madonna and Child with Saints Francis and Dominic and Angels. This painting seems to have been commissioned shortly after 1612 by Gaspare Spanzotta for the Chapel of Saints Francis and Dominic in the Church of the Madonna dei Miracoli at Corbetta, near Milan. It is a masterpiece of Procaccini’s early maturity and talent, which, combined with a sensitivity to artistic trends, allowed the artist to evolve a style that employed compositions of increased clarity and balance, probably inspired by observation of Italian High Renaissance art while keeping with the contemporary development of Mannerism. The tight composition of the original painting and brilliant brushwork are characteristic of the Baroque style Procaccini developed under the influence of the work of Lodovico Carracci and Parmigianino.