Guido Reni: The Divine
by Maria Aresin
published by Hatje Cantz, 2022
Exhibition: Frankfurt, Staedel Museum, 2022
328 pages. 285 colour illustrations. Hardback. 28 x 23cms.
An exploration of Guido Reni's paintings, drawings and etchings. Five essays discuss Reni's Assumptions, particularly the Stadel's 'Assumption of the Virgin' and its relationship to similar interpretations by artists like the Carraccis and Lavinia Fontana, trace Reni's career through his seconda maniera; analyse his materials and technique; consider the types and collecting of history of his drawings and discuss Reni's printmaking and his indebtedness to artists like Parmigianino. Includes 17th and 18th-century inventories of drawings by Reni. Followed by a fully illustrated catalogue of 164 works with most discussed in detail. The catalogue is divided into ten categories following Reni's career and discussing motifs like the 'heavenward gaze' and the male nude. Concludes with a biography.
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