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Giovanni Lanfranco - Saint Agatha visited in prison by Saint Peter and the angel
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Leonardo da Vinci - Head of a girl, called
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Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, detto Parmigianino - Portrait of a gentlewoman known as "The Turkish Slave"
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Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Healing of the blind
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Antonio Canova - Marie Louise of Habsburg as Concordia
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Antonio Allegri, detto il Correggio - Lamentation over the dead Christ
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Giovanni Battista, detto Cima da Conegliano - Madonna and Child Enthroned and Saints John the Baptist, Cosma, Damiano, Apollonia, Catherine and John the Evangelist
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Hans Holbein il Giovane - Erasmus of Rotterdam
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Benedetto Antelami - Wayside Shrine
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Beato Angelico - Madonna of humility, Saints John the Baptist and Paul and the meeting of Saints Dominic and Francis; in the frame, Fourteen Seraphim
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Antoon van Dyck - Madonna and child
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Giambattista Tiepolo - Saints Joseph of Lioness and Faithful of Sigmaringen Trampling Heresy
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Antonio Allegri, detto il Correggio - Coronation of the Virgin (fragment of the apse of the church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Parma)
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Giorgio Scherer - Interior of a painter's studio
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Alberto Pasini - A caravan that spent the night in an oasis and prepared for departure
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Antonio Allegri, detto il Correggio - Rest during the return from the flight into Egypt called "Madonna della scodella"
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Antonio Allegri, detto il Correggio - Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome and Magdalene known as "Madonna di San Gerolamo" or "The day"
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Gabriel François Doyen - Death of Virginia
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Damià Campeny - Table triumph
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Giuseppe Baldrighi - Family of Don Filippo di Borbone
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Giovanni Francesco di Niccolò Luteri, detto Dosso Dossi - St. Michael the archangel fights the devil and the Virgin of the Assumption among angels
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Giovanni Antonio Canal, detto Canaletto - Capriccio with Palladian buildings
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Annibale Carracci - Lamentation over the Dead Christ with Saints Clare and Francis of Assisi
Giovanni Lanfranco - Saint Agatha visited in prison by Saint Peter and the angel
Leonardo da Vinci - Head of a girl, called
Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, detto Parmigianino - Portrait of a gentlewoman known as "The Turkish Slave"
Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Healing of the blind
Antonio Canova - Marie Louise of Habsburg as Concordia
Antonio Allegri, detto il Correggio - Lamentation over the dead Christ
Giovanni Battista, detto Cima da Conegliano - Madonna and Child Enthroned and Saints John the Baptist, Cosma, Damiano, Apollonia, Catherine and John the Evangelist
Hans Holbein il Giovane - Erasmus of Rotterdam
Benedetto Antelami - Wayside Shrine
Beato Angelico - Madonna of humility, Saints John the Baptist and Paul and the meeting of Saints Dominic and Francis; in the frame, Fourteen Seraphim
Antoon van Dyck - Madonna and child
Giambattista Tiepolo - Saints Joseph of Lioness and Faithful of Sigmaringen Trampling Heresy
Antonio Allegri, detto il Correggio - Coronation of the Virgin (fragment of the apse of the church of San Giovanni Evangelista in Parma)
Giorgio Scherer - Interior of a painter's studio
Alberto Pasini - A caravan that spent the night in an oasis and prepared for departure
Antonio Allegri, detto il Correggio - Rest during the return from the flight into Egypt called "Madonna della scodella"
Antonio Allegri, detto il Correggio - Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome and Magdalene known as "Madonna di San Gerolamo" or "The day"
Gabriel François Doyen - Death of Virginia
Damià Campeny - Table triumph
Giuseppe Baldrighi - Family of Don Filippo di Borbone
Giovanni Francesco di Niccolò Luteri, detto Dosso Dossi - St. Michael the archangel fights the devil and the Virgin of the Assumption among angels
Giovanni Antonio Canal, detto Canaletto - Capriccio with Palladian buildings
Annibale Carracci - Lamentation over the Dead Christ with Saints Clare and Francis of Assisi

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The protagonist of the painting, acquired in 1851 from the Rosa-Prati collection, is Sant'Agata, a young Sicilian from a noble and wealthy family who lived in the first half of the third century, who, made a vow of perpetual virginity, was subjected to martyrdom during the persecution by Decio. Among the many episodes of her life illustrated in painting, Lanfranco chooses a particularly symbolic event: after the torture imposed on her by Quintiniano, the amputation of the breasts, the young woman is visited in prison, during the night, by Saint Peter accompanied by an angel who he guides her path with a torch, who with a particularly delicate gesture applies a miraculous ointment on the bloody wound, healing her breast. Lanfranco proposes a subtle but intense interpretation of the sacred theme, with an unprecedented stylistic code that attests him as an intense painter, with a loose narrative even in the small format, and an essential and touching narrative language, where the classicist refinement derived from the Carraccis blends with the incisive choice of lighting derived from Caravaggio. This is confirmed by the wise mastery of the interior space and the propagation of a dim light that spreads diagonally hitting the chest of the saint, who becomes a living person caught in the full acceptance of martyrdom, with extraordinary naturalness and humanity.


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