(b. 1582, Parma, d. 1647, Roma)

St Andrea Avellino

Oil on canvas, 420 x 320 cm
Sant'Andrea della Valle, Rome

In Lanfranco's altarpiece, which stands more than four metres high in the right transept of Sant'Andrea della Valle in Rome, St Andrea Avellino gazes up, wearing an inward-looking expression. The heavens open and a host of angels descend from the skies as the wide-eyed altar-boy standing behind the saint stares up. The large angel at the upper left spreads his arms and looks down at Avellino.

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