Minneapolis Institute of Art acquires four Baroque Italian paintings commissioned by the Barberini Family

Minneapolis Institute of Art acquires four Baroque Italian paintings commissioned by the Barberini Family

The Minneapolis Institute of Art announced the acquisition of four paintings commissioned by the prominent and influential Barberini family of Rome in the 1620s. The paintings—The Archangel Michael (c. 1624-26) by Cavaliere d’Arpino, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (early 1620s) by Cristoforo Roncalli, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise (1627) by Domenico Passignano, and The Crucified Christ Triumphant over Death, Evil, and Sin (1621) by Paolo Guidotti—evoke the splendor of Baroque Rome in the seventeenth century and the triumphant message of the Catholic Church during the Counter-Reformation. The Barberini family’s patronage represents one of the peaks of this era. The paintings by Arpino, Roncalli, and Passignano, all monumental in scale, have remained together for more than 400 years with direct descendants of the Barberini princes and the Barberini Pope Urban VIII (reign 1623–1644). The works by Arpi
The Minneapolis Institute of Art announced the acquisition of four paintings commissioned by the prominent and influential Barberini family of Rome in the 1620s. The paintings—The Archangel Michael (c. 1624-26) by Cavaliere d’Arpino, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel (early 1620s) by Cristoforo Roncalli, The Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise (1627) by Domenico Passignano, and The Crucified Christ Triumphant over Death, Evil, and Sin (1621) by Paolo Guidotti—evoke the splendor of Baroque Rome in the seventeenth century and the triumphant message of the Catholic Church during the Counter-Reformation. The Barberini family’s patronage represents one of the peaks of this era. The paintings by Arpino, Roncalli, and Passignano, all monumental in scale, have remained together for more than 400 years with direct descendants of the Barberini princes and the Barberini Pope Urban VIII (reign 1623–1644). The works by Arpi