Guido Reni died in Bologna on this day in 1642. One of the leading figures of Italian Baroque painting, Reni began his career in his native Bologna alongside Domenichino in the studio of Flemish painter Denys Calvaert and joined the Carracci academy by 1595. Reni worked on canvas and in fresco in Rome, Naples, Mantua, and Bologna for esteemed patrons including Pope Paul V and various members of Italy’s elite. Known for his graceful, classical style, gentle emotion, and sweetness, Reni dominated the Bolognese art scene after the death of his mentor Lodovico Carracci in 1619.
Aurora. Fresco. 1614. Rome: Casino Rospiglioso, Palazzo Pallavicini.
Charity, ca. 1630. Oil on canvas. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1974.
Immaculate Conception, 1627. Oil on canvas. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Victor Wilbour Memorial Fund, 1959.
Reference: Richard E. Spear. “Reni, Guido.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web.
Further reading: The Divine Guido: Religion, Sex, Money, and Art in the World of Guido Reni by Richard E. Spear.