In his time, Reni was one of the most successful and celebrated painters in Europe, coveted by the most important patrons, including the Borghese Pope Paul V, the Duke of Mantua, and the Queen of England. Like no other, Reni succeeded in translating the beauty of the divine into painting– be it the Christian heavens or the world of the ancient gods. Hardly appreciated in the nineteenth century due to other aesthetic preferences and later relegated to second place by the one-sided concentration on his temporary rival Caravaggio, he no longer holds the place he deserves in the public consciousness.
For the first time in over thirty years, the Städel Museum, in cooperation with the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, is bringing together more than 130 of his fascinating paintings, drawings, and prints and thus offering a new perspective on Guido Reni. In addition to major works from the Städel Museum’s collection, such as the important early work Assumption of the Virgin (ca. 1598/99) or the recently restored painting Christ at the Column (ca. 1604), the exhibition presents outstanding works from more than sixty international museums and private collections, including the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Bologna, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the LACMA in Los Angeles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Louvre in Paris. In addition, a number of newly discovered and never-before-exhibited works by Reni will be on view at the Städel.
- Flextickets for the special exhibition are now available in the online shop.
- Curator: Dr Bastian Eclercy (Head of Italian, French and Spanish Paintings before 1800, Städel Museum)
- Project Management: Aleksandra Rentzsch (Assistant Curator, Italian, French and Spanish Paintings before 1800, Städel Museum)
- Duration: 23 November 2022 – 5 March 2023
Titel photo: Researching Reni: Conservation of Guido Reni’s masterpiece Christ at the Column, Reduction of varnish and partial removal of old retouching and overpainting. Photo: Städel Museum – Eva Bader
Source: Städel Museum