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Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

Salome receives the Head of John the Baptist 1607-10

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610)

The National Gallery, London

(Baptised Milan. 30 September 1571; died Port’ Ercole, 18 July 1610). The most powerful, original and influential Italian painter of the 17th century. Although his career was brief (he was only 38 when he died) and his output was fairly small (there are about 70 surviving pictures by him), he had an immense impact on his contemporaries, creating a bold and naturalistic style that broke decisively with the prevailing vapid Mannerism and inspired a host of imitators.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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