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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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In a gloomy and arid scenery, San Francesco wraps a skull with his hands. He is meditating about death, considered to be the redemption from earthly life. Each detail in the scene bears the mark of humility and penance such as the hole in the habit over his shoulder, the broken trunk and the wooden cross, which is a clear allusion to the passion of Christ. The skull and the cross mediate the dialogue between San Francesco and the divine and follow aprototypical counter-reformist iconography. It was not by chance that the saint, well-known for having embraced an ideal of life based on poverty, received the stigmata during one of his last prayer retreats and experienced the wounds of Christ on the cross. He is rendered kneeling down, showing partially his face. This is strategically lightened between the right cheek and the wrinkles of the forehead; we can also perceive his absorbed and suffering expression. The canvas was found in 1968 in the church of San Pietro in Carpineto Romano. In 2000, the painting was subjected to an important restoration. This took place alongside the restoration of an almost identical version housed in the church of Santa Maria della Concezione, in Via Veneto. Researchers have confirmed the authorship of the Barberini’s canvas and its historical provenance based on the multiple corrections found in the painting that are typical of a first draft. According to some scholars, the canvas dates from around 1606. This was the year in which Caravaggio fled from Rome after murdering Ranuccio Tommasoni and found shelter in the Colonna states, that were not far from those of the Aldobrandini, commissioners of the masterpiece.

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