In the prestigious Genoese venue of Castello Mackenzie, Cambi Auction House presents the exclusive Old Masters live auction, an extraordinary event and involving ancient paintings from different periods from important private collections. Works by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Ubaldo Gandolfi, Mario Nuzzi and Giambattista Tiepolo, as well as Gregorio De Ferrari, Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Gaspare Diziani and the School of Fontainebleau.
Among the top lots is a Holy Family by Giulio Cesare Procaccini, one of the leading exponents of the Lombard Baroque school, whose works are part of important Italian and international collections, from Castello Sforzesco to Brera, from the Metropolitan Museum in New York to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg (estimate: €50,000-€60,000).
Giulio Cesare Procaccini is recognized as one of the most important exponents of the early 17th-century Lombard school of painting. A native of Bologna and heir, along with his brothers Camillo and Carlo Antonio, to the teachings of their father Ercole, Giulio Cesare soon assumed a leading role on the contemporary art scene, imposing himself with his innovative language as one of the main masters of Baroque in Lombardy and beyond.
He, in fact, was active in several northern Italian cities, for example, Milan, Turin, Piacenza, Parma, Cremona, and Modena, and especially Genoa. Here, in fact, Procaccini stayed from 1611 to 1622 and was in the employ of Giovanni Carlo Doria, an important patron who commissioned over ninety works from the artist.
With his stay in the Ligurian capital and the important public as well as private commissions, as in the case of the Last Supper executed for the decoration of the counter-façade of the church of Santissima Annunziata del Vastato, Giulio Cesare Procaccini contributed, together with the activity of other important artists such as Rubens and Van Dyck, to profoundly influencing the nascent Genoese Baroque school and constituting its canons of reference for the following generations.