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attributed to Il Cerano (c.1575/6 - 1632):
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
A887; oil on copper; 23.8 x 19.3 cm.
Prov: Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria; Artaria, Mannheim.
A887 was traditionally attributed to Camillo Procaccini (1551/55-1629) and was engraved as such in 1803 by Giuseppe Longhi. It may well be a mature work by Procaccini because of its clear affinities with the graceful, tender religious art of Federico Barocci. Il Cerano by contrast was indebted to northern mannerist artists and treated religious subjects, with a disturbing intensity. If A887 is by Cerano, it must be a very early work. A small Visitation by Cerano (Musée des Beaux Arts, Dijon) also on copper, which is certainly close in the handling of draperies and physiognomy, may be a pendant and both pictures would date from c. 1598-1600.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
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