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Polidoro da Caravaggio (c. 1495-Messina 1543)

Recto: The head of St Thomas (?). Verso: Tobias and the Angel c.1527

RCIN 901888

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Polidoro da Caravaggio produced some of the most engaging life studies of the Renaissance. The figure here has been given a halo, and looks up with an expression of trepidation; he might be St Thomas at the moment at which Christ showed his wound to the incredulous Disciple after the Resurrection. Polidoro executed a painting of that subject around 1530 (now in the Courtauld Institute Galleries), but the saint there is quite different in appearance. No. 17