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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 figure of Salome stands out on a grey and indistinct background, holding the head of John the Baptist on a plate, that must be delivered to her mother Herodias. The Gospel (Mt. 14, 1-12) recounts that the king Herod Antipahad arrested John the Baptist due to the critiques he received from the saint in relation to his union to Herodias, who had been previously married to his brother. During a banquet on his honour, Salome performed a sensual dance and seduced Herod to such a degree that he promised her to fulfil any desire. The young girl, instigated by her mother, asked for ‘the head of John the Baptist on a plate’. The version of Guido Reni confronts the narrative line of the story – the young girl carrying Saint John’s head on a dish – and her very figure that gazes at the viewer in a cold and impersonal way. The skilful technique used by Reni accentuates the distance between Salome and the viewer and brings her bulky clothes out of the canvas. The masterpiece is believed to be that acquired by Cardinal Francesco Barberini on 13 December 1639. It was incorporated to the Corsini collection as a donation from Monsignor Bardi to Pope Clement XII (1730-1740). It became immediately one of the most appreciated paintings in the collection, as it is recounted in the eighteenth and nineteenth century guides of Rome and the multiple praising testimonies recorded.

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