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Giambattista Piazzetta - Judith and Holofernes
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Christian Berentz - The Elegant Snack
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Corsini Throne
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Orazio Gentileschi - Madonna and Child
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Guido Reni - Salome holding the head of John the Baptist
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Jusepe de Ribera - Venus and Adonis
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Peter Paul Rubens - Saint Sebastian Healed by Angels
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Luca Giordano - Christ among the Doctors
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint John the Baptist
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Salvator Rosa - The Torture of Prometheus
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Jusepe de Ribera - The Denial of Saint Peter
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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - The nursing Madonna
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Beato Angelico - Triptych with Ascension, Last Judgment, Pentecost
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Rosalba Carriera - Allegory of the Four Elements - Water, Air, Earth and Fire
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Hans Hoffmann - The hare
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Giovanni da Milano - Madonna and Child with Saints
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Antoon van Dyck - Madonna of the Straw
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Mattia Preti - The Tribute Money
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Jacopo Bassano - Adoration of the Shepherds
Giambattista Piazzetta - Judith and Holofernes
Christian Berentz - The Elegant Snack
Corsini Throne
Orazio Gentileschi - Madonna and Child
Guido Reni - Salome holding the head of John the Baptist
Jusepe de Ribera - Venus and Adonis
Peter Paul Rubens - Saint Sebastian Healed by Angels
Luca Giordano - Christ among the Doctors
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint John the Baptist
Salvator Rosa - The Torture of Prometheus
Jusepe de Ribera - The Denial of Saint Peter
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - The nursing Madonna
Beato Angelico - Triptych with Ascension, Last Judgment, Pentecost
Rosalba Carriera - Allegory of the Four Elements - Water, Air, Earth and Fire
Hans Hoffmann - The hare
Giovanni da Milano - Madonna and Child with Saints
Antoon van Dyck - Madonna of the Straw
Mattia Preti - The Tribute Money
Jacopo Bassano - Adoration of the Shepherds

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The Virgin, seated with her arm resting on the manger, supports the Christ Child asleep in her lap, covering him with a white sheet. The work is named after the straw seen in the manger, which together with the donkey evokes the Nativity theme and makes the scene more than a simple Madonna and Child. In fact, the image is also interwoven with multiple references to Christ’s passion: the infant Jesus is laid on his mother’s knees, as in a Pietà, folded in a white sheet, as he will remain for three days in the shroud. On the right, the nailed and crossed wooden boards seem to allude to the Crucifixion, and the ears of wheat seen on the left are a reminder of the sacrifice of the Eucharist. All this explains the Virgin’s troubled expression, veiled with sadness. Although similar symbolic allusions to the passion are not uncommon in such subjects, in this case the sorrowful mood of the painting has been seen as a personal memorial of the death of Van Dyck’s sister Cornelia, leading the artist to finally leave Italy and return to Antwerp.

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