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Palma Giovane (1548-1628)

The Expulsion of the Vices of the Church c.1581-84

RCIN 402870

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In this early work, Palma’s central Italian and Venetian influences are both particularly evident. The Expulsion depicts the just chastisement of sin, although the exact allegory is difficult to interpret. The painting was originally arched and was acquired without a frame, suggesting that it was originally set in the wall of a Venetian scuola (confraternity) or similar building.