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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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According to tradition, the woman depicted is Raphael's lover and muse: Margherita Luti, daughter of a baker from Trastevere, hence the nickname “Fornarina”. There is no news of who was the client of the work and this could support the hypothesis that Raphael painted it for himself in the last years of his life. Whether or not it is Raphael's lover, behind this imperfect face, with its marked features, there is a representation of Venus. The laying of the hands, one lying in the lap, the other on the breast, follows the model of the "modest Venus" of classical statuary: a gesture of modesty that nevertheless directs the observer's gaze precisely on what one would like to hide. Symbols of the goddess of love are also the woman's bracelet on which we read "Raphael Urbinas", the author's signature and a pledge of love, as well as, in the background, the myrtle bush and the quince branch, a symbol of fertility . The painting already belonged to the first owners of the building, the Sforza di Santafiora, and was one of the first to be purchased by the Barberinis.

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