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The Annunciation (1643-44). Bernardo Strozzi (Italian, Baroque, c. 1581–1644). Oil on canvas. Budapest Museum of Fine Arts.

Early paintings show the dark emotionalism of Caravaggio. But by 1620, Strozzi had synthesized a personal style which fused painterly influences of the North with a monumental, realistic starkness. Venice infused his painting with a gentler edge, a style more acceptable to the local patronage, and one derived from his precursors in Venice.

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