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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith and Holofernes
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narciso
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in meditation
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Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
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Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Pope Urban VIII Barberini - Painting
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Agnolo di Cosimo, detto il Bronzino - Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna
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Pietro da Cortona - The Triumph of Divine Providence and the fulfillment of its ends under the pontificate of Urban VIII
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square staircase
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Francesco Borromini - Helical staircase
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Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
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Annibale Carracci - Portable tabernacle with the Pietà, scenes of saints and martyrs
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Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
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Piero di Cosimo - St. Mary Magdalene
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
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Ginevra Cantofoli - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
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Lorenzo Lotto - Mystical marriage of Saint Catherine and saints
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Giovanni Baronzio - Stories of the Passion of Christ
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Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
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Filippo Lippi - Annunciation
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Portrait of Urban VIII - Sculpture
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Giulio Romano - Madonna with Child (Madonna Hertz)
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Jacopino del Conte - Deposition of Christ in the tomb
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Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, detto Sodoma - Mystical marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria
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Giovanni Lanfranco - The suicide of Cleopatra
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Simone Cantarini - Portrait of Cardinal Antonio Barberini
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith and Holofernes
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narciso
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in meditation
Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Pope Urban VIII Barberini - Painting
Agnolo di Cosimo, detto il Bronzino - Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna
Pietro da Cortona - The Triumph of Divine Providence and the fulfillment of its ends under the pontificate of Urban VIII
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square staircase
Francesco Borromini - Helical staircase
Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
Annibale Carracci - Portable tabernacle with the Pietà, scenes of saints and martyrs
Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
Piero di Cosimo - St. Mary Magdalene
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
Ginevra Cantofoli - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
Lorenzo Lotto - Mystical marriage of Saint Catherine and saints
Giovanni Baronzio - Stories of the Passion of Christ
Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
Filippo Lippi - Annunciation
Portrait of Urban VIII - Sculpture
Giulio Romano - Madonna with Child (Madonna Hertz)
Jacopino del Conte - Deposition of Christ in the tomb
Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, detto Sodoma - Mystical marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Giovanni Lanfranco - The suicide of Cleopatra
Simone Cantarini - Portrait of Cardinal Antonio Barberini

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The fresco celebrates Divine Wisdom, a theme with strong political and commendable values. The complex iconography derives from the Book of Wisdom, written in the Old Testament attributed to King Solomon, the prototype of the wise and enlightened king assisted by divine wisdom, to whom Urban VIII compares himself. The personification of Divine Wisdom is seated on the throne in the center of the stage. She is surrounded by eleven female figures, incarnations of her divine attributes: on the left, Nobility (Ariadne's crown), Eternity (snake biting its tail), Soavity (lyre), Divinity (triangle), Justice (libra), Strength (club), Charity (ear of corn); on the right, Holiness (cross and flaming altar), Purity (swan), Insight (eagle) and Beauty (Chioma di Berenice). Above, among the clouds, two winged young men appear associated with the lion and the hare, symbols of love and fear of God. Each virtue identifies a precise constellation so as to reflect the astral conjuncture that occurred on the night between 5 and 6 August of 1623 at the time of the election of Pope Barberini. The frescoed vault was to be used as a protective talisman for the fortunes of the family. Order, symmetry, pastel shades bring the fresco back to the classicist vein of Baroque painting, of which Andrea Sacchi was one of the greatest supporters.

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