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Attributed to Angelo Caroselli Rome 1585-1652
Attributed to Angelo Caroselli Rome 1585-1652

An Allegory of Vanity

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Attributed to Angelo Caroselli Rome 1585-1652
An Allegory of Vanity
oil on canvas, in a painted oval
24 5/8 x 29½ in. 62.5 x 74.9 cm.

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A version of this composition by Angelo Caroselli is in the Galleria Nazionale, Palazzo Corsini, Rome. Long considered to be by Carlo Saraceni, the attribution was revised to Angelo Caroselli in the 1950s, when that picture was exhibited in Milan (Palazzo Reale), 1951 and again in Rome (Palazzo Barberini), 1955.

Self-taught, and acquainted with Caravaggio in the earliest years of the 1600s, Caroselli absorbed influences from a wide variety of artists and was a master copyist. His original compositions represent Caroselli's most interesting works - in these he favors depictions of the minor vices such as Luxury (or Lust/Love) and Vanity, in which figures are arrayed in fantastic sixteenth-century dress and set amongst a rich display of fabrics and objects.

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