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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square Staircase
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Francesco Borromini - Helicoidal Staircase
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Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
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Annibale Carracci - Portable Altarpiece with “Pietà” and Saints
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Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
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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 Fulfilment of its Purposes under Pope Urban VIII
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Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
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Piero di Cosimo - Saint Mary Magdalene
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narcissus
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
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Guido Reni - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
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Lorenzo Lotto - The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine with Saints
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith Beheading Holofernes
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in Meditation
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Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
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Giovanni Baronzio - Episodes of the Passion of Christ
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Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
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Filippo Lippi - Annunciation
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square Staircase
Francesco Borromini - Helicoidal Staircase
Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
Annibale Carracci - Portable Altarpiece with “Pietà” and Saints
Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
Agnolo di Cosimo, detto il Bronzino - Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna
Pietro da Cortona - The Triumph of Divine Providence and the Fulfilment of its Purposes under Pope Urban VIII
Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
Piero di Cosimo - Saint Mary Magdalene
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narcissus
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
Guido Reni - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
Lorenzo Lotto - The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine with Saints
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith Beheading Holofernes
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in Meditation
Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
Giovanni Baronzio - Episodes of the Passion of Christ
Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
Filippo Lippi - Annunciation

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The “altarolo”, a precious object of private devotion, has a triptych shape and two doors painted on both sides. In the central compartment it is depicted a scene of Lamentation in which the characters are fanned out: Maddalena stands with a red cloak; John bents down to support Mary, who has already lost consciousness; the body of Jesus is still harmonious, despite being lifeless and lays on a curved posture, that is usual in Annibale Carracci’s scenes of Pietà. The pathos is intense: Mary is not seated as usual, but lying next to her son instead. Inconsolable angels express suffering to the worshippers: one of them points at the crown of thorns and reminds the viewer of the Passion of Christ. In the internal part of the doors there is Santa Cecilia (on the left, with inscription ANGELO.AMATORE(?) BEATISSIMA VIRGO) and Sant’Ermenegildo (on the right, accompanied by the phrase REX REGEM REGUM COLUIT); on the bottom, there are scenes of their martyrdom. On the outer side of the door, Christ and God the Father are rendered located on a higher position. Below, there are representations of San Michele Arcangelo and the guardian angel, respectively. The ‘altarolo’ was commissioned by the Cardinal Odoardo Farnese, who fostered the success of the Bolognese school in Rome through the patronage of enterprises such as the Gallery in the Palazzo Farnese.

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