Isaac Laughing: Caravaggio, non‐traditional imagery and traditional identification

  title={Isaac Laughing: Caravaggio, non‐traditional imagery and traditional identification},
  author={Conrad Rudolph and Steven F. Ostrow},
  journal={Art History},
From the time it was completed nearly four hundred years ago, Caravaggio's painting of a nude boy embracing a ram (today in the Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome) has confounded viewers as to its subject, which has been variously called 'Pastor friso', Saint John the Baptist, Corydon, Paris, and 'nude youth with a ram'. This essay argues that none of these titles accounts for what we see in the painting and, no less importantly, what we do not. Using a range of modes of analysis, we propose a new… 
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