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Arcadia also exists in the afterlife
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17th Century
Giovan BARBIERI detto il Guercino
Arcadia also exists in the afterlife
[Et in Arcadia Ego]
Oil on canvas
82 x 91 cm  [HxW]
Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini, Roma

Guercino began his academic training in the Carracci academy and became a master Baroque painter. Shepherds contemplate the after-life expressed in the motto on the stone monument. The mouse and the fly with the skull reinforce the earthly realism of the scene and the dialogue between man and nature.

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