Giulio Cesare Procaccini

Italy's First Diva

Allegorical portrait of Flaminia (Orsola Posmoni Cecchini) as Venus, ca. 1620

 

Costumed all’antica in a loose white gown trimmed with gold and accompanied by a figure of Cupid, the sitter in this portrait has clearly been cast in the guise of Venus, the ancient Goddess of Love.

 

This beautiful and compelling portrait is an important recent rediscovery and a significant addition to the known oeuvre of Giulio Cesare Procaccini.