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Bernardo Cavallino: 'Christ driving the Traders from the Temple'

The subject, often referred to as the Purification of the Temple, is that of Christ driving the money-changers and traders out of the Temple in Jerusalem. (Matthew 21: 12ff).

The dramatic treatment and subtle colouring are typical of the artist, who worked in Naples. The painting dates from around 1640. Probably a mature work, though in poor condition; a date of around 1645-50 has been suggested.

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