|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|
|Painting School:||Bolognese School|
|Genre:||Portrait , Religious , Mythology|
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).
- Robert Cumming. Art: complete encyclopedia. – 512 p. – Moscow: Astrel, 2005.