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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 splendid domestic interior, the Virgin Mary learns of her divine motherhood from the angel, as recounted in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. The triple arcade in the background frames the figures in the foreground and sharply foreshortens the perspective, which opens onto a hortus conclusus, the uncontaminated garden symbolizing Mary’s virginity. Behind, to the right, we glimpse two maids, seemingly alarmed by the presence of the unexpected visitor. On the far right are the donors, reserved witnesses of the scene. The gold-embroidered fabrics, arabesques and vegetable motifs on the furnishings, the angel’s wings and locks of hair, with the variegated marble pillars, are all meticulously rendered, displaying the artist’s knowledge of contemporary Flemish painting and its influence (also evident in the Madonna of Tarquinia, inv. 5054). Originally, the panel may have been an altarpiece placed in the chapel of a church. The empty space at the bottom center of the canvas might have been connected with the actual chapel space, acting as the figurative continuation of steps where the faithful would kneel in prayer.

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