Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Guido Reni

San Lorenzo in Lucina

Guido Reni 1575 - 1642
Guido Reni was a late Baroque artist. He was born in Bologna and began to study painting at the age of nine in the studio of Flemish artist, Denis Calvaert. Francesco Albani and Domenichino were also apprenticed to this studio.
In around 1595 he, Albani and Domenichino joined the Accademia delgi Incamminati, the studio led by Lodovico Carracci, following Annibale Carracci to Rome in 1601 to work on the frescoes in the Palazzo Farnese. 
Reni became one of Pope Paul V's favourite painters and the Borghese family were one of his main patrons and his paintings and frescoes can be found in many of Rome's churches.

Guido Reni Art in Rome
Santa Maria Maggiore
San Lorenzo in Lucina
Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini
Holy Trinity
Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini
the Archangel Michael
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Saint Peter's Basilica
Chiesa Nuova
Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte
San Carlo ai Catinari
Santa Maria in Campitelli
Santa Cecilia in Trastevere
Galleria Borghese
Moses with the Tablets of the Law
Ritratto del Cardinale Bernadino Spada
Galleria Doria Pamphilj
Palazzo Farnese
Pinacoteca Vaticana
St Matthew and the Angel
Crucifixion of St Peter
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica
Pinacoteca Capitoline

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