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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 episode of the adoration of the shepherds, which came to Bethlehem after the announcement of the angels, is narrated in the Gospel of Luke. Bassano tackles the issue on the one hand by respecting tradition, on the other by introducing innovations. They form the backdrop for the archaeological ruins, a frequent element in the Italian iconography of the Nativity. Here we see a row of broken columns on a high pedestal, modeled on the Greek temples, against which a hut is leaning. The unusual architectural structure symbolizes the overcoming of paganism and the construction of the Christian church, of which the birth of Jesus is the first act of foundation. The canvas dates back to the sixties of the sixteenth century, a period in which Bassano began to darken the colors. The robes of the Madonna, Joseph and the shepherds have enameled shades, but the landscape has a nocturnal atmosphere. What is most striking is the almost disrespectful humility of the pastors, in line, moreover, with the spirit of the Gospel story, which wants the last in the social hierarchy as the first worshipers of the Messiah. The shepherds occupy the center of the scene, and if there were no left side of the picture, it might seem like a rural genre scene. The shepherd from behind is kneeling, showing his bare feet, as a reminder of his extreme humility, and holding a lamb, a sacrificial animal par excellence, a reference to the future Passion of Christ. On the far right, a curious insert: a crouched boy blowing on a burning ember, in the useless effort to revive a flame, now weak in the face of the powerful light of divine revelation. The figure will later have a wide diffusion as an autonomous genre scene.

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