Guido Reni

Guido Reni

Self-Portrait, 1602-1603

Years of life: 1575 – 1642
Artist's Teachers: Ludovico Carracci, Annibale Carracci
Artist's students: Simone Cantarini, Antonio Randa, Vincenzo Gotti, Emilio Savonanzi, Sebastiano Brunetti, Tommaso Campana, Domenico Maria Canuti, Bartolomeo Marescotti, Giovanni Maria Tamburino, and Pietro Gallinari
Art Movement: Baroque
Painting School: Bolognese School
Genre: Portrait , Religious , Mythology
Country: Italy
Century: XVII

One of the leading artists of the Bolognese school. The source of his inspiration was the works of Raphael. His art was admired in the 17th and 18th centuries and despised in the 20th century. Guido Reni’s style was much influenced by his visits to Rome, the first of which came soon after 1660. In his religious paintings, he embodies exaggeratedly strong feelings. In his well-written mythological paintings, the intensity of feelings is not so great. He himself was very beautiful but remained celibate.

Note the way his characters lift their eyes to the sky (which must mean intense emotion) and the wonderfully subtle and flexible manner of the pièce de résistance.

Guido Reni’s major works are Deianeira Abducted by the Centaur Nessus, 1621 (Paris: Musée du Louvre); Susannah and the Elders, c. 1620 (London: National Gallery); Lady with a Lapis Lazuli Bowl, c. 1630s (Birmingham: Museums and Art Gallery); St. Mary Magdalene, c. 1634–42 (London: National Gallery).

References:

  1. Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.

Artworks:

  • Self-Portrait

    1602-1603

    Self-Portrait  •  1602-1603

  • Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

    1631

    Joseph and Potiphar's Wife   •  1631

  • The Penitent Magdalene

    1635

    The Penitent Magdalene   •  1635

  • Annunciation

    1629

    Annunciation  •  1629

  • Hippomenes and Atalanta

    1618 — 1619

    Hippomenes and Atalanta   •  1618 — 1619

  • The Baptism of Christ

    between 1622 and 1623

    The Baptism of Christ   •  between 1622 and 1623

  • Baby Jesus asleep on the Cross

    1625

    Baby Jesus asleep on the Cross  •  1625

  • Saint James the Great

    between 1636 and 1638

    Saint James the Great   •  between 1636 and 1638

  • Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

    about 1630

    Joseph and Potiphar's Wife   •  about 1630

  • Saint Sebastian

    1615

    Saint Sebastian   •  1615

  • Blessed Soul

    between 1640 and 1642

    Blessed Soul   •  between 1640 and 1642

  • Saint Jerome

    Saint Jerome

  • Lucretia

    1640 - 1642

    Lucretia  •  1640 - 1642

  • Cleopatra

    1640 - 1642

    Cleopatra  •  1640 - 1642

  • Crucifixion of Saint Peter

    1604

    Crucifixion of Saint Peter   •  1604

  • Europa and the Bull

    Europa and the Bull

  • Magdalene with the Jar of ointment

    1640 - 1642

    Magdalene with the Jar of ointment   •  1640 - 1642

  • Man of Sorrows

    from 1630 until 1700

    Man of Sorrows   •  from 1630 until 1700

  • The infant Jesus and St. John

    1640 - 1642

    The infant Jesus and St. John   •  1640 - 1642

  • Portrait of a girl with a crown

    1640 - 1642

    Portrait of a girl with a crown   •  1640 - 1642

  • Penitent Magdalene

    1635 - 1640

    Penitent Magdalene   •  1635 - 1640

  • Polyphemus

    between 1639 and 1640

    Polyphemus  •  between 1639 and 1640

  • Lucretia

    Lucretia

  • St John the Baptist in the Wilderness

    1636-1637

    St John the Baptist in the Wilderness   •  1636-1637

  • Saint Peter

    1600

    Saint Peter  •  1600

  • Apollo on the Sun Chariot

    Apollo on the Sun Chariot

  • Saint Sebastian

    1625

    Saint Sebastian   •  1625

  • Andromeda

    Andromeda

  • Santa Cecilia

    1606

    Santa Cecilia   •  1606

  • Assumption of the Virgin

    1637

    Assumption of the Virgin   •  1637

  • The Rest on The Flight into Egypt

    1637

    The Rest on The Flight into Egypt   •  1637

  • Saint Mark the Evangelist

    Saint Mark the Evangelist

  • Lucretia

    1636-1638

    Lucretia  •  1636-1638

  • The Head of a Young Woman Looking Upward

    1609

    The Head of a Young Woman Looking Upward   •  1609

  • David with the Head of Goliath

    David with the Head of Goliath

  • Saint Joseph and the Christ Child

    1640

    Saint Joseph and the Christ Child  •  1640

  • Drinking Bacchus

    1623

    Drinking Bacchus   •  1623

  • The Suicide of Lucretia

    between 1625 and 1640

    The Suicide of Lucretia  •  between 1625 and 1640

  • Portrait of an Old Woman (Portrait of the Artist's Mother)

    1632

    Portrait of an Old Woman (Portrait of the Artist's Mother)   •  1632

  • The Toilet of Venus

    between 1621 and 1623

    The Toilet of Venus   •  between 1621 and 1623

  • Cleopatra

    between 1635 and 1640

    Cleopatra  •  between 1635 and 1640

  • The Gathering of the Manna

    between 1614 and 1615

    The Gathering of the Manna   •  between 1614 and 1615

  • The Abduction of Helena

    1626-1629

    The Abduction of Helena  •  1626-1629

  • The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria

    between 1604 and 1606

    The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria  •  between 1604 and 1606

  • Saint Jerome

    between 1634 and 1635

    Saint Jerome   •  between 1634 and 1635

  • English: The Boy Bacchus

    between 1615 and 1620

    English: The Boy Bacchus   •  between 1615 and 1620

  • Penitent Peter

    1637

    Penitent Peter  •  1637

  • English: St Matthew and the Angel

    between 1635 and 1640

    English: St Matthew and the Angel   •  between 1635 and 1640

  • Abduction of Deianira

    from 1617 until 1621

    Abduction of Deianira   •  from 1617 until 1621

  • Education of the Virgin Mary

    between 1640 and 1642

    Education of the Virgin Mary  •  between 1640 and 1642

  • The Triumph of Samson

    between 1611 and 1612

    The Triumph of Samson  •  between 1611 and 1612

  • Portrait of an Old Woman

    between 1611 and 1612

    Portrait of an Old Woman   •  between 1611 and 1612

  • Bacchus and Ariadne

    between 1619 and 1620

    Bacchus and Ariadne  •  between 1619 and 1620

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