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Antoon van Dyck - Portrait of Caterina Balbi Durazzo
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Antoon van Dyck - Crucified Christ
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Bernardo Strozzi, detto il Cappuccino - Charity of St. Lawrence
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Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, detto Guercino - Sibyl Samia
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Bartolomeo Guidobono - application
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Valerio Castello - Rape of Proserpina
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Bartolomeo Guidobono - Bacchus
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Luca Giordano - Fight between Perseus and Phineus
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Gherardo delle Notti - Dead Christ mourned by two angels
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Jacob Ferdinand Voet - Portrait of Giovanni Luca Durazzo
Antoon van Dyck - Portrait of Caterina Balbi Durazzo
Antoon van Dyck - Crucified Christ
Bernardo Strozzi, detto il Cappuccino - Charity of St. Lawrence
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, detto Guercino - Sibyl Samia
Bartolomeo Guidobono - application
Valerio Castello - Rape of Proserpina
Bartolomeo Guidobono - Bacchus
Luca Giordano - Fight between Perseus and Phineus
Gherardo delle Notti - Dead Christ mourned by two angels
Jacob Ferdinand Voet - Portrait of Giovanni Luca Durazzo

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Description

The unusual subject of Christ weeping by angels, although it does not appear in biblical texts, is part of the devotional tradition of the Pietà. Generally there are two angels and they support the body of Jesus, presenting it to the observer, or, as in this case, they leave it at the center of the composition, crying heartily. The scene is nocturnal, the place is the tomb of the Nazarene. Here the candlelight dominates the whole composition, striking with vigor the neck and chest of the angel on the right and flowing more softly on the abdomen of Jesus, fading and warming at the same time in the funds, with a natural rendering of both the anatomical details and the drapery in the foreground. The painting shows unmistakable signs of the style of Gerrit von Honthorst, who at the beginning of his career visited Rome, where he met the works of Italian masters and especially those of Caravaggio.

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