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Guido Reni, enthroned at the Städel

From November 23, 2022 to March 5, 2023, the Städel Museum presents “Guido Reni, the Divine“, an exhibition that “rediscovers” some of the essential figures of the Italian Baroque: Guido Reni (1575-1642).

Source: Städel Museum · Image: Guido Reni, “Assumption of the Virgin”, ca. 1596–1597

As some of the essential disciples of the Carracci workshop, Guido Reni (1575-1642) represents in a approach the alternative facet of his up to date Caravaggio, the Roman classicism versus the Caravaggian tenebrism. Organized in collaboration with the Prado Museum in Madrid, the exhibition on the Städel Museum reveals work, drawings and etchings; and contains loans from worldwide establishments such because the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna, the Uffizi in Florence, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the LACMA in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris.

In a press launch, the Städel Museum summarizes the determine of Guido Reni: “Despised in the nineteenth century on account of the aesthetic preferences of that era, later relegated to the sidelines by the one-sided concentration on his rival Caravaggio, Reni today no longer occupies the place he deserves in the public consciousness. In his own day, he was one of Europe’s most successful and most celebrated painters, sought after by such prominent patrons as the Borghese Pope Paul V, the Duke of Mantua, and the Queen of England. A contemporary biography provides insights into his artistic activities in Bologna and Rome, but also his ambiguous personality: it portrays him as an artist both deeply religious and superstitious, both tremendously successful and hopelessly addicted to gambling“, adding that “whether his subject matter was the Christian heaven or the world of classical mythology, Guido Reni was unmatched in his ability to translate the beauty of the divine into painting.

Among the highlights of the exhibition is “Assumption of the Virgin” (ca. 1596-1597), an oil on copper that the Städel Museum acquired in 2014 from vendor Jean-Luc Baroni, who in flip had acquired the work from the Koller public sale home in 2013, the place the portray had been auctioned for 1.2 million Swiss francs, greater than ten instances its pre-sale estimate.

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