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Artist - Guido Reni
Giclee on Canvas
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Price includes frame.
Guido Reni was a widely acclaimed painter and draughtsman in seventeenth-century Italy, renowned for his elegant interpretations of religious and mythological scenes. His style, which fused elements of classical idealism with close observation of the natural world, was perpetuated through the activity of an exceptionally large and productive studio and emulated by many artists across Europe.
Born in Bologna in 1575, Reni began training in his hometown alongside other notable artists before becoming an independent master in 1598. He moved to Rome in the early 1600s to work on the ceiling frescoes in renowned palaces and churches.
Reni is best known for large-scale altarpieces, mythological scenes, and single-figure devotional and secular subjects. His early work displays the distinctive traits of his structured academic training imbued with monumentality and grace, conveying a strong sense of human emotion. Through the 1620s, Reni developed a distinctive bright palette and refined brushwork, especially in his depiction of draped clothing, for which he was renowned. His success led to one of the most active workshops in Europe, which housed up to eighty students at one time, who were trained to reproduce compositions in order to meet increasing demand amongst European collectors.