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The Cardsharps

* Artist: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1594
 
 

Judith Beheading Holofernes

* Artist: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: circa 1598
 
 

It is interesting to compare Caravagio’s work with a later work by Gentileschi. Gentileschi’s version is a lot more visceral, with more blood, greater detail, and a more determined expression on Judith’s face. In Caravaggio’s depiction, Judith is of slight figure and bears an almost reluctant expression; despite the setting, there is little physical violence. By contrast, in the Gentileschi version, Holofernes holds the collar of Judith’s aide, holding her at bay.

The Waterseller of Seville

* Artist: Diego Velázquez
* Medium: oil on canvas (106 x 81cm)
* Year: 1623
 
 

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Los Borrachos

* Artist: Diego Velázquez
* Medium: oil on canvas (1.65 x 2.25m)
* Year: 1629
 
 

The Feast of Bacchus, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

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The Count-Duke of Olivares on Horseback

* Artist: Diego Velázquez
* Medium: oil on canvas (3.13 x 2.39m)
* Year: 1634
 
 

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The Surrender of Breda

* Artist: Diego Velázquez
* Medium: oil on canvas (3.07 x 3.67m)
* Year: circa 1635
 
 

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The Opening of the Fifth Seal of the Apocalypse

* Artist: El Greco
* Medium: oil on canvas
* Year: 1608–14
 
 
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