|Religious scenes, especially crucifixions, became not just an art commodity |
for churches in the 17th-century, but in the homes of the devout as well.
|Paintings and etchings (often portraits), not only covered the cracks in the |
plaster, but also served to distract attention from those they did not cover.
|St. Jerome and the Angel, 1625, Simon Vouet, oozing Caravaggio from every stroke.
Had Vouet arranged the angel to the right side, in the strong light, |
this work might have been mistaken for that of the Italian rapscallion.