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Title

The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels

circa 1618

Artist

Giulio Cesare Procaccini

Italy

30 May 1574 – 14 Nov 1625

Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Alternate image of The dead Christ on the cross with Saints Mary Magdalene, Augustine and Jerome, and angels by Giulio Cesare Procaccini
  • Details

    Other Title
    The Lowering of the Cross with Sts Mary Magdalene, Augustine, Jerome and Angels
    Date
    circa 1618
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    238.0 x 171.7 cm canvas; 274.5 x 207.5 x 12.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds from the estate of Mr Walter Hartwig through the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation 2005
    Location
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    249.2005
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Giulio Cesare Procaccini

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Giulio Cesare Procaccini was one of the leading painters
    active in Milan in the early 17th century. This subject
    is completely unique. While the deposition of Christ’s
    body from the cross was frequently painted, Procaccini
    shows Christ’s body still nailed to a cross which is itself
    being lowered.

    Highly unusual is the presence in the same scene,
    besides the grieving Magdalene, of two saints,
    Augustine and Jerome. Their presence removes the
    picture from the realm of pure narrative. The sweetfaced
    angel holding the bottom of the cross occupies an
    intermediary no-man’s land between our world and that
    of the grieving saints, inviting the viewer to contemplate
    the mystery depicted.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 13 publications

  • 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