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Madonna of the Palafrenieri (1605) oil on canvas cm. 292x211 | Michelangelo Merisi called Caravaggio

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On 16 April 1606, the large, new canvas of the Madonna of the Palafrenieri was removed from one of the most important altars in St. Peter's after only a month, because of its lack of decorum and deviance from figurative tradition. It was then exhibited in Cardinal Borghese's collection in the hall of honour in the palazzo del Borgo and later transferred to the entrance hall in the Villa Borghese.
The novelty of this painting lies in the existential and human drama of the three figures facing danger. St. Anne, in antique style, detachedly contemplates the scene, as Mary teaches the young Jesus how to crush the serpent, symbol of sin and heresy. Darkness envelops the figures set in an undefined place, but an unnaturally bright light bursts forth from above bathing the child's skin in a warm glow.
Guide to the Galleria Borghese
K. H. Fiore
Paperback, 16,5x23 cm, pp. 128, 141 col. ill.
€ 14,00

The volume introduces Cardinal Scipione Borghese's outstanding collection of art. The works exhibited in this fine 17th-century building include paintings and sculptures from the 15th to 18th century (Raphael, Correggio and Caravaggio), sculptures (Bernini), bas-reliefs and mosaics.
Caravaggio a Roma - in Rome
A. Coliva, foreword by Maurizio Calvesi
Paperback, cm 24x28 cm, pp. 128, 54 col. Ill. e 1 w./b.
Bilingual edition (Italian and English)
€ 28,00

Four hundred years after his death, a profile of Caravaggio is recreated through an analysis of his works. From noble palaces and cardinal's residences to sacred buildings: an ideal journey of discovery through Caravaggio's places in Rome. The volume is supplied with full-page illustrations of the paintings, many of which were the subject of a recent photographic campaign.
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