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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square Staircase
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Francesco Borromini - Helicoidal Staircase
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Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
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Annibale Carracci - Portable Altarpiece with “Pietà” and Saints
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Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
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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 Fulfilment of its Purposes under Pope Urban VIII
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Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
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Piero di Cosimo - Saint Mary Magdalene
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narcissus
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Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
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Guido Reni - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
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Lorenzo Lotto - The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine with Saints
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith Beheading Holofernes
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Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in Meditation
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Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
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Giovanni Baronzio - Episodes of the Passion of Christ
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Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
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Filippo Lippi - Annunciation
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Square Staircase
Francesco Borromini - Helicoidal Staircase
Andrea Sacchi - Allegory of Divine Wisdom
Annibale Carracci - Portable Altarpiece with “Pietà” and Saints
Domínikos Theotokópoulos, detto El Greco - Baptism of Christ
Agnolo di Cosimo, detto il Bronzino - Portrait of Stefano IV Colonna
Pietro da Cortona - The Triumph of Divine Providence and the Fulfilment of its Purposes under Pope Urban VIII
Raffaello Sanzio - La Fornarina
Piero di Cosimo - Saint Mary Magdalene
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Narcissus
Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Portrait of Urban VIII
Guido Reni - Portrait of Beatrice Cenci
Lorenzo Lotto - The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine with Saints
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Judith Beheading Holofernes
Michelangelo Merisi, detto Caravaggio - Saint Francis in Meditation
Hans Holbein il Giovane - Portrait of Henry VIII
Giovanni Baronzio - Episodes of the Passion of Christ
Pompeo Batoni - Portrait of Abbondio Rezzonico
Filippo Lippi - Annunciation

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The fresco celebrates Divine Wisdom, a theme of great political and encomiastic importance. The complex iconography derives from the Book of Wisdom in the Old Testament, a text attributed to King Solomon, the model of the wise and enlightened king assisted by divine wisdom, whom Urban VIII likens himself to. The personification of Divine Wisdom is seated on a throne at the center of knowledge. She is surrounded by eleven female figures embodying her divine attributes: on the left, Nobility (Ariadne’s crown), Eternity (the serpent biting its tail), Sweetness (the lyre), Divinity (the triangle), Justice (the scales), Strength (the club) Beneficence (the ear of wheat); on the right, Holiness (the cross and flaming altar), Purity (the swan), Perspicacity (the eagle) and Beauty (Coma Berenices or Berenices’ Hair). Above, amid the clouds, two winged youths appear, associated with the lion and hare, symbols of the love and fear of God. Each virtue identifies a constellation, recording the astral conjunction that took place on the night between August 5 and 6, 1623, on the election of Pope Barberini. The frescoed vault was intended as a protective talisman for the family’s destiny. Order, symmetry and pastel tones relate the fresco to the classicist strand of Baroque painting, of which Andrea Sacchi was one of the leading exponents.

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