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Late 16-early 17th century exceptionally rare Italian Architectural cassetta frame; carved with foliate scrollwork cartouches at corners-&-centres; gadrooned outer rail with adjacent egg-&-dart ; astragal-&-double-bead sight; leaf-tip back. Original matt and burnished water gilding.

Michelangelo Merisi, called Caravaggio (1571-1610)

Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, 1604

oil on canvas 68 x 52in

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust Inv no 52-25

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