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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 figure of Salome stands out against a gray and indistinct background, from which she emerges carrying the severed head of the Baptist on a plate, to be delivered to her mother Herodias. The Gospel (Mt 14, 1-12) narrates, in fact, that Herod Antipas had the saint arrested for open criticism of his union with Herodias, former wife of his brother, but who did not have the courage to have him killed. During a banquet in her honor, Salome performed a sensual dance that struck Herod so much that he promised her to fulfill any of his wishes; the girl, instigated by her mother, then asked to have "the head of John the Baptist on a tray". Guido Reni's version focuses on the staging of the contrast between the narrative episode - a girl carrying a severed head on a plate - and the face of Salome, who sets her eyes on the viewer, while maintaining a cold and impersonal distance, accentuated by the skilful painting technique used by Reni, who brings out his rich robes and headdress from the canvas, through long and full-bodied brushstrokes. The work is probably the one purchased by Cardinal Francesco Barberini on 13 December 1639 and which entered the Corsini collection as a gift from Monsignor Bardi to Pope Clement XII (1730-1740), immediately becoming one of the most appreciated paintings, as evidenced by the numerous copies and the praises that are dedicated to it in the guides of Rome between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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