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Camillo Procaccini (1551-1629)

An old man and a youth c.1585

RCIN 905963

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The drawing corresponds with a part of Procaccini’s first major fresco, the Last Judgement in San Prospero, Reggio Emilia. It is unusually close in detail to the fresco, including the background elements; this would normally indicate a copy, but there can be little doubt about Procaccini’s authorship. Perhaps the patrons were not confident about the young artist’s ability to see through a project of this scale, and required him to produce unusually explicit preparatory drawings. No. 55