Cephalus Grieves for Procris, Giulio Romano
Giulio Romano
Cephalus Grieves for Procris
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Flämisch nach Giulio Romano: Cephalus trauert um Procris, ca. 1535 (?), Webteppich. Standort unbekannt

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Unbekannt nach Giulio Romano: La Mort de Procris, Feder in Braun, braun laviert, mit schwarzem Stift übergangen, weiß gehöht, auf beigem Papier, 359 x 541 mm. Inv. Nr. 3663, Musée du Louvre, Département des Arts graphiques, Cabinet des dessins, Paris

Giulio Romano

Cephalus Grieves for Procris, ca. 1530

326 x 563 mm
Physical Description
Brown ink over black pen, brown washes, highlighted with white (partly oxidised), on brown-tinted ribbed paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
4336 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Ovid tells of Cephalus, the enthusiastic hunter who spent so much time in the forest that one day his jealous wife Procris came after him. He saw the bush move, hurled his lance at the supposed game and killed his beloved wife. The drawing shows the mourning of Cephalus, in which the mythical creatures of the forest, the satyrs and nymphs, participate. It looks like a relief, a stylistic device that the artist has adopted from antique sarcophagus sculptures.

Work Data

Basic Information

Cephalus Grieves for Procris
Production Place
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Brown ink over black pen, brown washes, highlighted with white (partly oxidised), on brown-tinted ribbed paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Captions Added Later
Bezeichnet auf dem Passepartout unten rechts (mit Bleistift): Julius Romanus inv. | gestochen; unten rechts: 20 p 9 – 12 p; verso bezeichnet auf dem Montierungsbogen unten links (mit der Feder in Hellbraun): N° 7. | N° 5. G. Romano
Unten links Stempel der Sammlung Gerhard Joachim Schmidt, Hamburg (Lugt 1168); mittig Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356)
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Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • Ovid: Metamorphosen, 7. Buch, Kephalos und Prokris, 835-865


  • 95A(CEPHALUS)2141 mourning of Procris
  • 92D13 (story of) Cupid, Amor (Eros) - most important deeds
  • 92L4 satyrs, fauns, Sileni
  • 92L311 (Hama)dryads, forest- and tree-nymphs; 'Driadi & Hamadriadi' (Ripa)
  • 92L312 Naiads, river- and spring-nymphs; usually carrying an urn; 'Naiadi, ninfe de' fiumi' (Ripa)
  • 31D15 adult woman

Research and Discussion


Object History
vlt. Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel (1585–1646), London, Antwerpen und Padua
Everhard Jabach (1610 –1695), Paris
Nachlass Jabach, 1695
Jean-Baptiste-François Nourri (1697–1784), Paris
Nachlass Nourri, 1784
Verst. J. Folliot und F. Delalande, , Paris, 24. Februar 1785
Gerhard Joachim Schmidt (1742–1801), Hamburg
Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816), Frankfurt am Main
Nachlass Johann Friedrich Städel, 1816.


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