Saint Francis and the Musical Angel

MORAZZONE (PIER FRANCESCO MAZZUCCHELLI) Saint Francis' Vision of the Musical Angel (c.1611) Oil on canvas (118 x 157 cm) Los Angeles County Museum of Art   In the anonymous 14th century text The Little Flowers of Saint Francis from Assisi, which was the most widely consulted life of the saint in the sixteenth and seventeenth …

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Portrait of Jean-Sylvain Bailly

AUGUSTIN PAJOU (1730-1809) Portrait of Jean-Sylvain Bailly (1791) Patinated plaster (75 x 49 x 28 cm) Los Angeles County Museum of Art   Jean-Sylvain Bailly (1736-93), whose literary career was surpassed by his studies in astronomy and its history, was elected to the French Academy of Sciences at the age of twenty-seven. Born in Paris …

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The Entombment

PETER PAUL RUBENS (1577-1640) The Entombment (c.1612) Oil on canvas (131 x 130 cm) Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles   Recognized as the greatest painter of his day, Rubens received commissions from all over Europe and created profound, original statements of virtually every conceivable subject,  Among his greatest contributions to Baroque art, were religious paintings …

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