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Painting in Milan in the Seventeenth Century

Stefan Albl, Research Associate, 2017–2018


Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Lamentation of Christ, c. 1611. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

My aim is to write a comprehensive book on painting in Milan in the seventeenth century. I am focusing on the artistic production of Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Morazzone, and Cerano in the era of Carlo and Federico Borromeo. From 1600 to 1630, with the founding of Milan’s first public library and art gallery, the Ambrosiana, and the growth of aesthetic consciousness among religious institutions and collectors, artists in Milan were seeking new means of pictorial expression. Among the challenges of this project is finding a historical balance in presenting the lives and work of these painters and understanding their relationships to their social context.