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Italian Paintings in the Norton Simon Museum with Nicholas Penny: Giovanni Battista Gaulli (“Il Baciccio”)

Nicholas Penny examines Saint Joseph Embracing the Infant Christ by Giovanni Battista Gaulli (“Il Baciccio”) from c. 1670–75. As he explains, an x-ray of this unusually tender, joyful painting revealed a very different composition beneath the surface, one in which Joseph is depicted in grief over his son’s future sacrifice.

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