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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Flagellation of Christ
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Artemisia Gentileschi - Judith and Holofernes
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Andy Warhol - Vesuvius
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Tiziano Vecellio, detto Tiziano - Portrait of Paul III with his grandchildren
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Tiziano Vecellio, detto Tiziano - Danae
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Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, detto Parmigianino - Portrait of a young woman called Antea
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Pieter Brueghel, detto il Vecchio - The Parable of the Blind
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Guido Reni - Atalante by Ippomena
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Giovanni Bellini - Transfiguration of Christ
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Sandro Botticelli - Madonna and Child with Angels
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Crib group with the Nativity
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Francesco Guarino - Sant'Agata
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Jacopo de Barbari - Portrait of fra luca Pacioli with a pupil
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Annibale Carracci - Hercules at the crossroads
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Jusepe de Ribera - Apollo and Marsyas
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Colantonio del Fiore - Saint Jerome in the study
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Edoardo Dalbono - From Frisio to Santa Lucia or Neapolitan song
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Masaccio - Crucifixion
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Sebastiano del Piombo - Madonna of the veil
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Tiziano Vecellio, detto Tiziano - Portrait of Pier Luigi Farnese in armor
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Flagellation of Christ
Artemisia Gentileschi - Judith and Holofernes
Andy Warhol - Vesuvius
Tiziano Vecellio, detto Tiziano - Portrait of Paul III with his grandchildren
Tiziano Vecellio, detto Tiziano - Danae
Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, detto Parmigianino - Portrait of a young woman called Antea
Pieter Brueghel, detto il Vecchio - The Parable of the Blind
Guido Reni - Atalante by Ippomena
Giovanni Bellini - Transfiguration of Christ
Sandro Botticelli - Madonna and Child with Angels
Crib group with the Nativity
Francesco Guarino - Sant'Agata
Jacopo de Barbari - Portrait of fra luca Pacioli with a pupil
Annibale Carracci - Hercules at the crossroads
Jusepe de Ribera - Apollo and Marsyas
Colantonio del Fiore - Saint Jerome in the study
Edoardo Dalbono - From Frisio to Santa Lucia or Neapolitan song
Masaccio - Crucifixion
Sebastiano del Piombo - Madonna of the veil
Tiziano Vecellio, detto Tiziano - Portrait of Pier Luigi Farnese in armor

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the fascinating and sensual myth of Danae, daughter of Acrisius, king of Argos, to whom oracle had predicted death at the hands of a nephew, is narrated. To make it unreachable and thus prevent his daughter from procreating, Acrisius had chosen to enclose it in a bronze tower. But Jupiter, transformed into a rain of gold, joined the woman and from the union was born Perseus, the mythical slayer of the Medusa. The myth of Danae becomes a pretext for Titian to create one of the most natural female figures of the sixteenth century. The young woman, whose face is probably portrayed Angela, the cardinal's lover, softly lying on a white sheet, placidly welcomes the golden cloud that materializes in a shower of coins, perhaps an allusion to the profession of a courtesan. The rarefied atmosphere makes the white meats of Danae and Cupid even more natural, with shadows soaked in color that turn on the bodies in gentle and gradual chiaroscuro transitions. Titian, having begun the painting in Venice, probably finished it in his Roman studio at the Belvedere Palace in the Vatican where, in 1545, Michelangelo saw it and, on this very occasion, praised its extraordinary "color", complaining, however, of the lack of design. . Destined for the private rooms of Cardinal Alessandro, the painting, once in Naples, was hit by censorship in 1815, when it was decided to allocate it to the so-called "Cabinet of obscene paintings" of the Royal Bourbon Museum, where the works of "improper subject" were exhibited ".

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