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Antonello da Messina: 'Christ Blessing'
Christ is shown raising his hand in blessing. The foreshortened gesture demonstrates the artist's skill and startles the viewer with its apparent projection from the canvas.

Much of the paint is rubbed and has also become transparent, allowing us to see that the hand was originally drawn in a slightly different position.

The scroll includes a cryptic reference to the date, which has been interpreted to mean 1465: the painting may date from the 1470s.

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