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Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac

Giovanni Battista Gaulli1700/1705

High Museum of Art

High Museum of Art

Originally altarpieces, these two paintings depict Old Testament stories of sacrifice that were thought to prefigure the death and resurrection of Christ. The monumental figures of Abraham and Noah reflect the influence of Baciccio's friend, the great Baroque artist Bernini, renowned for his dramatic and imposing sculptures. The twisting forms and swirling draperies convey emotional energy and underscore the theatricality of the scenes.

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