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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 authorship of this painting has long been debated, although there exist other versions of the same subject painted by Caravaggio in a fairly similar style. A young Saint John the Baptist is depicted smooth-cheeked, semi-naked, with a red cloak and a cross-shaped stick placed by his side, but devoid of the traditional camel skin, which appears in other versions. Caravaggio depicts a moment of repose during John’s life of penitence in the desert, but in contrast to traditional iconography, the attributes of the Saint are almost marginalized: the bowl from which John pours the water at the Baptism of Jesus appears stripped of its sacral role, while the cross is barely visible, concealed by the edge of the painting. Here Caravaggio gives new significance to the representation of the young Baptist in the desert, conferring greater immediacy on a theme that has often lent itself to interpretations blending the sacred and profane.

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