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Susannah and the Elders
Oil on canvas. 1617
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Susannah and the Elders
Oil on canvas. 1617
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)

Historian Denis Mahon has masterfully shown that this painting and two other famous works by Guercino -Lot and his daughters (Monastery of El Escorial, Madrid) and The return of the Prodigal Son (Galleria Sabauda, Turin)- were painted for Cardinal Alessandro Ludovisi in 1617 and 1618, while the artist was in Bologna.According to the Old Testament (Daniel:13), Archian and Sedechia were two elderly

Saint Peter freed by an Angel
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1622
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Saint Peter freed by an Angel
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1622
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)

A youthful looking angel with curly hair imperiously points out the path of freedom to an astonished Saint Peter, depicted as a man of advanced age confined in a prison. In the background, clad in a suit of armour, the gaoler sleeps, impervious to what is going on behind his back. The two main figures are attired in vaguely classical dress: that of the angel is simple but sumptuous, in accordance

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