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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - St. John Baptist
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Giambattista Piazzetta - Judith and Holofernes
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Orazio Gentileschi - Madonna with child
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Peter Paul Rubens - San Sebastiano cured by the angels
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Antoon van Dyck - Madonna of the straw
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Guido Reni - Salome with the head of the Baptist
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Christian Berentz - The elegant snack
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Corsini throne
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Jusepe de Ribera - Venus reaches dying Adonis
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Luca Giordano - Dispute of Jesus among the doctors
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Salvator Rosa - The torture of Prometheus
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Jusepe de Ribera - Denial of Peter
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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - Madonna of the milk
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Beato Angelico - Triptych with Ascension, Last Judgment, Pentecost
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Rosalba Carriera - Allegory of the four elements - Air, Water, Earth, Fire
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Hans Hoffmann - The hare
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Giovanni da Milano - Polyptych with Madonna and Child with Saints
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Mattia Preti - The tribute of the currency
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Jacopo Bassano - Adoration of the shepherds
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - St. John Baptist
Giambattista Piazzetta - Judith and Holofernes
Orazio Gentileschi - Madonna with child
Peter Paul Rubens - San Sebastiano cured by the angels
Antoon van Dyck - Madonna of the straw
Guido Reni - Salome with the head of the Baptist
Christian Berentz - The elegant snack
Corsini throne
Jusepe de Ribera - Venus reaches dying Adonis
Luca Giordano - Dispute of Jesus among the doctors
Salvator Rosa - The torture of Prometheus
Jusepe de Ribera - Denial of Peter
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo - Madonna of the milk
Beato Angelico - Triptych with Ascension, Last Judgment, Pentecost
Rosalba Carriera - Allegory of the four elements - Air, Water, Earth, Fire
Hans Hoffmann - The hare
Giovanni da Milano - Polyptych with Madonna and Child with Saints
Mattia Preti - The tribute of the currency
Jacopo Bassano - Adoration of the shepherds

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The autography of this painting has long been doubted, although there are other versions of the same subject made by Caravaggio in a rather similar way. We see a young St. John the Baptist without a beard, half-naked and covered in a red cloak, with the cross-shaped staff resting at his side, but without the traditional camel fur that appears in other versions. Caravaggio depicts a moment of rest during John's life of penance in the desert, but compared to traditional iconography the saint's attributes are almost marginalized: the bowl, with which John poured the water in the baptism of Jesus, is as if deprived of its role sacral, while the cross is barely visible, hidden by the edge of the painting. In this way Caravaggio has updated the representation of the young Baptist in the desert, giving greater immediacy to a theme that has often lent itself to interpretations in which the sacred and the profane are mixed.

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