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The Metal Snake

The Metal Snake, Francesco Solimena (attributed), late 17th - early 18th century. Oil on canvas, 176 x 211 cm. Girona Art Museum - National Prado Museum Repository.

The Metal Snake, Francesco Solimena (attributed), late 17th - early 18th century. Oil on canvas, 176 x 211 cm. Girona Art Museum - National Prado Museum Repository.

The artist could be considered the emblem of the pictorial skill accumulated during the seventeenth century by the best Neapolitan workshops and also an example of virtuosity. His creations are impressive because of their compositional boldness, effective use of light and dramatic intensity. Here Solimena uses his wide range of resources for a narrative in which the harshness of God's punishment of the sinners contrasts with His mercy towards the repentant.

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