- Also known as
primary name: Procaccini, Andrea
- individual; painter/draughtsman; Roman; Italian; Male
- Life dates
- Painter, engraver and architect, b. Rome 1671, d. San Ildefonso 1734
Pupil and close follower of Carlo Maratti (q.v), whom he assisted in the restoration of the Vatican Stanze (1702-3), together with, among others, Pietro de' Pietri (q.v.). The fresco decoration of the 'Four Evangelists' painted soon after 1700 in the vault of the chapel of St Bruno, left transept, S.Maria degli Angeli, is his first recorded independent commission. The canvas 'Tarquin and Lucretia' (Holkham Hall, Norfolk) probably dates from not much later, c. 1705 (see 1946,0713.775). In 1710 Pope Clement XI Albani put Procaccini in charge of the tapestry manufactory in S. Michele a Ripa and that same year he painted 'St Peter Baptising the Centurion Cornelius' as the altarpiece for the chapel of the baptistery, St Peter's (now in S. Francesco, Urbino). Among his most successful works are 'Pope Pius V Triumphant over the Turks', sixth chapel to left, S.Maria sopra Minerva (1712) and the fresco of the 'Prophet Daniel', fourth to the left of a series of ovals above the nave arcade, S. Giovanni in Laterano (1718).
The Aurora painted on a ceiling in the Palazzo de Carolis (1720) was Procaccini's last commission in Rome before leaving for Spain in 1720, following an invitation by King Philip V. In his role as court artist Procaccini served as decorator, architect and artistic advisor, buying Maratti's collection of 123 paintings for the royal residence at San Ildefonso in 1722. The portrait of 'Cardinal Borgia' in the Prado, Madrid, dates from this late period (c. 1720-30).
- Turner 1999 (whence biography below)