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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides: Rome by Reid Bramblett, Jeffrey Kennedy

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Artistic Masterpieces

  1. Caravaggio’s Deposition

    Caravaggio strove to outdo Michelangelo’s Pietà by making his Mary old and tired. Rather than a slender slip of a Christ, Caravaggio’s muscular Jesus is so heavy (emphasized by a diagonal composition) that Nicodemus struggles with his legs and John’s grasp opens Christ’s wound (see Caravaggio’s Deposition).

  2. Raphael’s Transfiguration

    Raphael’s towering masterpiece and his final work was found, almost finished, in his studio when he died. It is the pinnacle of his talent as a synthesist, mixing Perugino’s clarity, Michelangelo’s colour palette and twisting figures, and Leonardo’s composition (see

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