Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio. Is it strange that my favorite part of this painting is the red curtain bathed in shadow?

Judith Beheading Holofernes by Caravaggio. Is it strange that my favorite part of this painting is the red curtain bathed in shadow?

Self-Portrait at the Age of 63 - Rembrandt.  1669.  Oil on canvas.  33 3/4 X 27 3/4".  National Gallery, London, Great Britain.

Self-Portrait at the Age of 63 - Rembrandt. 1669. Oil on canvas. 33 3/4 X 27 3/4". National Gallery, London, Great Britain.

Crucifixion of Saint Peter - Caravaggio.  1600.  Oil on canvas.  7' 6 1/2" X 5' 8 3/4".  Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, Italy.

Crucifixion of Saint Peter - Caravaggio. 1600. Oil on canvas. 7' 6 1/2" X 5' 8 3/4". Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, Italy.

Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind - Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  1568.  Tempera on canvas.  2' 9 3/4" X 5' 3/4".  Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy.

Parable of the Blind Leading the Blind - Pieter Bruegel the Elder. 1568. Tempera on canvas. 2' 9 3/4" X 5' 3/4". Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy.

The Burial of Count Orgaz - El Greco.  1586.  Oil on canvas.  15' 1 1/4" X 11' 9 3/4".  Santo Tome, Toledo, Spain.

The Burial of Count Orgaz - El Greco. 1586. Oil on canvas. 15' 1 1/4" X 11' 9 3/4". Santo Tome, Toledo, Spain.

Calling of Saint Matthew - Caravaggio. c.1600.  Oil on canvas.  10' 9 1/4" X 11' 5".  Contarelli Chapel, S. Luigi dei Francesi, Rome, Italy.

Calling of Saint Matthew - Caravaggio. c.1600. Oil on canvas. 10' 9 1/4" X 11' 5". Contarelli Chapel, S. Luigi dei Francesi, Rome, Italy.

Happy birthday, and self-Portrait  Anthony van Dyck  (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London)    Date:      possibly 1620–21  Medium:      Oil on canvas  Dimensions:      47 1/8 x 34 5/8 in. (119.7 x 87.9 cm)  Classification:      Paintings  Credit Line:      The Jules Bache Collection, 1949  Accession Number:      49.7.25

Happy birthday, and self-Portrait Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, Antwerp 1599–1641 London) Date: possibly 1620–21 Medium: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 47 1/8 x 34 5/8 in. (119.7 x 87.9 cm) Classification: Paintings Credit Line: The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 Accession Number: 49.7.25

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