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Reni, Guido

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00151059
Reni, Guido

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Italian, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born 4 November 1575, in Galvenzano, Italy; died 18 August 1642, in Bologna, Italy.

Painter, draughtsman, engraver (etching). Religious subjects, mythological subjects, figures, portraits.

Bolognese School, School of Rome.

Guido Reni entered the studio of the artist Denis Calvaert at a time when Domenichino and Francesco Albani were also pupils there. For almost all of his life he divided his activities between Rome and Bologna. During his first period in Rome between 1600 and 1603, he seems not to have had any contact with the Carracci cousins, even though some say that they too were his masters. Nor does he appear to have been involved in work on the Palazzo Farnese. A turning point for Reni was the discovery of the work of Caravaggio, the effect of which can be seen in his impressive ...

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Subjects: Painting ; Prints and Printmaking ; Religious Art ; Christian Art

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