Two Artists, Two Actresses: Portraits by Giulio Cesare Procaccini and Francesco Clemente

  • New York

    Two Artists, Two Actresses: Portraits by Giulio Cesare Procaccini and Francesco Clemente

    10 May - 3 July 2021

Robilant+Voena presents Two Artists, Two Actresses, pairing portraits of two women whose powerful performances captured the popular imagination of their times. Although painted 400 years apart, Francesco Clemente's Scarlett Johansson (2008) joins in conversation with Giulio Cesare Procaccini's seventeenth-century portrait of the actress Orsola Cecchini.  

 

These two painters of different eras are united by their Italian roots and the lens through which they have chosen to capture female agency. Clemente and Procaccini do not focus on their subjects' surface beauty but delve beneath to show them in serious and perhaps conflicted contemplation. Both sitters challenge the viewer with a direct gaze, challenging their respective societies' views on women and celebrity. Also on view are a selection of old and modern masterworks depicting empowered women whose allure and grace endure across time.

Works

Giulio Cesare Procaccini
Bologna 1574–1625 Milan
Allegorical Portrait of Flaminia (Orsola Posmoni Cecchini) as Venus, before 1621
Oil on canvas
97.5 x 73.2 cm (38 3/8 x 28 7/8 in.)