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Traveling to Rome? Here’s something new at the Palazzo Barberini …

February 14, 2012

The Art Tribune has a brief report about a Giovanni Lanfranco painting of Saint Luke recently acquired by the Palazzo Barberini in Rome.

A painting by Giovanni Lanfranco recently joined the collections of the Museum at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome ; sold by the Italian gallery, Alberto Di Castro, it represents Saint Luke Healing the Dropsical Child. The iconography seems to blend an episode from the life of Christ to that of Saint Luke’s. The saint is seen with his attributes : the bull, the Gospel and the portrait of the Virgin he himself painted. Besides his skills at writing and painting, legend tells us that Luke also practiced medicine and appears to be examining a child stricken with dropsy ; the scene might be an allusion to one of Christ’s miracles when he healed a dropsical man (narrated in fact in Luke’s Gospel, 14, 1-6).

Giovanni Lanfranco (1582-1647) Saint Luke Healing the Dropsical Child Oil on Canvas - 124 x 178 cm Roma, Palazzo Barberini Photo : Galleria Alberto di Castro

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