Coronation of the Virgin with Saints Joseph and Francis of Assisi
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Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Italian, about 1604 - 1607
Oil on panel
38 1/4 x 28 1/4 in.

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Borne aloft by two angels, the Virgin is crowned Queen of Heaven by Christ and God the Father. Below, Joseph on the left and Saint Francis on the right, identified by the stigmata on his open right hand, kneel and pose dramatically. Giulio Cesare Procaccini's figures are symmetrically positioned, giving balance to the composition, although the compressed bodies appear almost too large for the space they occupy.

Swirling, shimmering draperies of brilliant pinks, yellows, blues, and violets enliven the composition and accentuate the otherworldliness of the subject matter. In comparison to the individualized faces of the saints below, the gestures and faces of the holy figures above are idealized.

Procaccini bridged two stylistic periods in this painting. His virtuoso handling of paint and heightened emotionalism display Baroque tendencies, while his large, graceful figures and brilliant palette are holdovers from the Mannerist period.