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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square Staircase
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Francesco Borromini - Helicoidal Staircase
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Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
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Annibale Carracci - Portable Altarpiece with “Pietà” and Saints
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Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
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Agnolo di Cosimo, detto il Bronzino - Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna
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Pietro da Cortona - The Triumph of Divine Providence and the Fulfilment of its Purposes under Pope Urban VIII
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Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
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Piero di Cosimo - Saint Mary Magdalene
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narcissus
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
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Guido Reni - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
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Lorenzo Lotto - The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine with Saints
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith Beheading Holofernes
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in Meditation
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Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
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Giovanni Baronzio - Episodes of the Passion of Christ
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Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
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Filippo Lippi - Annunciation
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square Staircase
Francesco Borromini - Helicoidal Staircase
Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
Annibale Carracci - Portable Altarpiece with “Pietà” and Saints
Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
Agnolo di Cosimo, detto il Bronzino - Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna
Pietro da Cortona - The Triumph of Divine Providence and the Fulfilment of its Purposes under Pope Urban VIII
Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
Piero di Cosimo - Saint Mary Magdalene
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narcissus
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
Guido Reni - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
Lorenzo Lotto - The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine with Saints
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith Beheading Holofernes
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in Meditation
Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
Giovanni Baronzio - Episodes of the Passion of Christ
Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
Filippo Lippi - Annunciation

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Saint Mary Magdalene is identified by her profile and the halo, her long hair and jar of ointment. The jar alludes to the visit of the Magdalene and the pious women to the sepulcher on Easter morning. Having reached the place where the body of Jesus would be embalmed with perfumed oils, they found the sepulcher empty and were the first to bear witness to the Resurrection. The long hair with which the Magdalene is generally depicted actually derives from an erroneous interpretation of the Gospel, arising from a confusion between the Magdalene with the nameless prostitute who, repenting of her sins, shed tears on Jesus’ feet and dried them with her own hair. Piero di Cosimo’s painting, however, includes details that go beyond the traditional depiction of the saint, drawing on the artist’s own time: the style of her dress, the open book and the lady’s pose, like the architecture framing her, draw directly on the portraiture of the 1400s. In fact, it cannot be excluded that the painting may actually have been commissioned by or for a lady named Maddalena, who wished to be portrayed as the saint whose name she bore. The painting is notable for its extremely refined execution, particularly striking in the pictorial surface and definition of the details. In these ways, Piero di Cosimo reveals his profound understanding and appreciation of the formal values of Flemish painting.

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