|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.