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nude Caravaggio the baptist st the john
In fact, the difference to the naked eye is substantial, though this might account in part for the poor lighting of the Pamphilj in general and the height at which the two copies are hung in particular. The paintings in the Contarelli Chapel had been commissioned and paid for by private patrons, although the priests of San Luigi dei Francesi which contains the chapel had had to approve the result. Where is it? This is one of two John the Baptists painted by Caravaggio in or around possibly
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The date of the John the Baptist in the Galleria Borghese is disputed: it was long thought to have been acquired by Cardinal Scipione Borghese some time between his own arrival in Rome in and Caravaggio's flight from the city in , but Roberto Longhi dated it to the artist's Sicilian period a date post on the basis of similarities in handling and colour. So Christ went to preach only when he was thirty-three.