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Capitoline Museums

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Piazza del Campidoglio
www.museicapitolini.org
Every day 09:30-19:30, 24th and 31st December 09:30-14:00. The ticket office closes one hour before closing time. Closed on 1st January, 1st May, 25th December. Addmission fee.

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Caravaggio painted Buona Ventura (The Fortune Teller) in about 1593, on commission by Monsignor Petrignani, who the artist lived with. The work was then acquired by Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte, who welcomed Caravaggio to his palace and became one of his faithful protectors. The canvas depicts a scene from everyday life: a young gypsy girl, using the pretext of reading the palm of a young man to predict his future, steals the ring form his finger. Behind this genre scene lie moral warnings against easy temptation. In this early work (1594-1595), Caravaggio creates one of his earliest half-length scenes, revealing the clever ability to grasp the “craftiness” of the gypsy and the enchanted innocence of the stylishly dressed young man.

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The Burial of Saint Petronilla was commissioned by Pope Gregory XV from Ludovisi Guercino in 1621. The work was the subject of troubled vicissitudes. Painted for the Basilica of St. Peter, the work was transferred in 1730 to the Quirinal Palace; after the Treaty of Tolentino, it was brought to the Louvre at the end of the eighteenth century. After Napoleon’s defeat, the great painting was returned to Rome in 1816, and was definitively placed in the Pinacoteca Capitolina on the wishes of Antonio Canova. There are two episodes narrated in different planes, with the lower depicting the burial of St. Petronilla and in the upper the martyr in the presence of Christ. In the painting, Guercino shows influences of Caravaggio in the realistic rendering of the characters, as well as “Carracci classicism” assimilated in the years of his apprenticeship with Ludovico Carracci.

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