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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith and Holofernes
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narciso
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in meditation
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Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
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Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Pope Urban VIII Barberini - Painting
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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 fulfillment of its ends under the pontificate of Urban VIII
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square staircase
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Francesco Borromini - Helical staircase
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Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
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Annibale Carracci - Portable tabernacle with the Pietà, scenes of saints and martyrs
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Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
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Piero di Cosimo - St. Mary Magdalene
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
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Ginevra Cantofoli - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
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Lorenzo Lotto - Mystical marriage of Saint Catherine and saints
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Giovanni Baronzio - Stories of the Passion of Christ
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Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
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Filippo Lippi - Annunciation
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Portrait of Urban VIII - Sculpture
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Giulio Romano - Madonna with Child (Madonna Hertz)
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Jacopino del Conte - Deposition of Christ in the tomb
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Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, detto Sodoma - Mystical marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria
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Giovanni Lanfranco - The suicide of Cleopatra
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Simone Cantarini - Portrait of Cardinal Antonio Barberini
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith and Holofernes
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narciso
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in meditation
Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Pope Urban VIII Barberini - Painting
Agnolo di Cosimo, detto il Bronzino - Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna
Pietro da Cortona - The Triumph of Divine Providence and the fulfillment of its ends under the pontificate of Urban VIII
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square staircase
Francesco Borromini - Helical staircase
Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
Annibale Carracci - Portable tabernacle with the Pietà, scenes of saints and martyrs
Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
Piero di Cosimo - St. Mary Magdalene
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
Ginevra Cantofoli - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
Lorenzo Lotto - Mystical marriage of Saint Catherine and saints
Giovanni Baronzio - Stories of the Passion of Christ
Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
Filippo Lippi - Annunciation
Portrait of Urban VIII - Sculpture
Giulio Romano - Madonna with Child (Madonna Hertz)
Jacopino del Conte - Deposition of Christ in the tomb
Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, detto Sodoma - Mystical marriage of Saint Catherine of Alexandria
Giovanni Lanfranco - The suicide of Cleopatra
Simone Cantarini - Portrait of Cardinal Antonio Barberini

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Signed and dated 1766 on the lower right step, the portrait represents the newly elected Senator of Rome, Abbondio Rezzonico, nephew of Pope Clement XIII. The size of the painting, almost three meters by two, is proportional to the importance of the office, at that time the highest civil magistracy assigned by direct appointment of the pontiff. The dress is an encyclopedia of fabrics ranging from the golden brocade of the cloak to the red silk of the robe, to the lace of the collar. The tactile rendering of the fabrics emerges in the heavy fringed curtain folded over the table, in the velvet lining the sword, in the brocade of the chair. The right hand of the portrayed holds the small ivory scepter, while the left rests on the console near the wide-brimmed hat. Furthermore, the inkwell, the bell and a letter addressed to him, perhaps some deed waiting to be signed, are details that allude to the power and responsibilities of the character. The little putto at the bottom holds a scale, adorned with an olive branch, a symbol of justice that is a guarantee of peace. On the floor there is the fasces, a mark of authority by ancient Roman tradition. The artist designed the setting in a scenographic, symbolic and unrealistic way. In fact, the statue of the goddess Rome, with spear, helmet and sphere, which appears behind Rezzonico, is actually located at the entrance to the Palazzo Senatorio, of which the facade that closes the Piazza del Campidoglio can be glimpsed in the background. The representation follows the conventions of official portraiture, in order to provide us with all the necessary clues to understand who the illustrious character is, what he does and where he exercises his functions. In 2016 the painting was purchased by the state to be exhibited at Palazzo Barberini.

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