Must-see paintings and sculptures

Must-see paintings and sculptures

Raphael’s Woman with a Unicorn - an image of a virgin marked by virtue

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Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath – a victor filled with sorrow

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Raphael’s Fornarina – a mysterious love interest or perhaps…

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Domenichino’s The Hunt of Diana – a painting about spying and its unfortunate results

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Caravaggio’s Madonna of Loreto - the sanctity of dirty, coarse feet

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Giovanni Lanfranco’s Apparition of the Virgin to St. Lawrence – a thematic painting yet not bereft of artistry

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Caravaggio’s Madonna and Child with St. Anne – a work despite and against itself

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Caravaggio’s The Martyrdom of St. Matthew – death among onlookers and terrified passersby

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Caravaggio’s The Crucifixion of St. Peter – a painting on the banality of evil

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Caravaggio’s Conversion of St. Paul – meaning how Saul became Paul

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Guercino’s The Funeral of St. Petronilla – a difficult topic, masterfully solved

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Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X – a real, perceptive and effective portrait

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Portrait of Pope Clement IX – a subtle image of a delicate pontifex

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Pietro da Cortona’s Rape of the Sabine Women – all is well that ends well

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Caravaggio’s The Calling of St. Matthew – how a sinner becomes the chosen of God

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Guido Reni’s Crucifixion of St. Peter – meaning a reason for a duel

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Caravaggio’s The Entombment of Christ – a perfect work

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Raphael’s The Deposition – a painting of suffering, the fragility of life and an unforgettable loss

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Antoniazzo Romano’s Annunciation – meaning, how the Virgin Mary can miss the most important moment of her life

Caravaggio’s The Crucifixion of St. Peter – a painting on the banality of evil

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Caravaggio’s The Crucifixion of St. Peter – a painting on the banality of evil

Peter – a humble fisherman from Bethsaida will soon be raised along with the cross to which he has been nailed. He looks on as if in disbelief upon one of the nails, with which his hand has been affixed to the cross. In a short while, the martyrdom of the most important of apostles shall begin, the one whom Christ called the Rock ("upon this Rock, I shall build my Church"). We can see this very rock in a scaled-down form – it is the stone in the foreground. However, it is not this stone that draws our attention, but rather the lonely, helpless man, who is far removed from the image...

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Church of Santa Maria in Cappella – the Middle Ages restored anew

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Church of Santa Maria in Cappella – the Middle Ages restored anew

When I saw the façade of this tiny church for the first time, with its picturesque bell tower (campanile), my intuition told me that in front of my very eyes there is a pearl of subtle beauty and unprecedented atmosphere from centuries long gone. At that time it was completely ruined, while its walls – supported by wooden beams – seemed as if they would fall apart at any moment. The damp, dark interior promised little. As years passed I returned numerous times to this lovely spot on the Trastevere, hoping that one day it would be restored to its proper glory. And so it has c...

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Funerary monument of Maria Clementina Sobieska – the joyful smile of a miserable queen

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Funerary monument of Maria Clementina Sobieska – the joyful smile of a miserable queen

It is one of three funerary monuments, which are located in the Vatican Basilica, which are dedicated to women. That is why, we must pose ourselves the question, what did Maria Clementina Sobieska do to deserve such recognition and find herself among such figures, as Matilda of Canossa or the Queen of Sweden Christina.

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