Rome Guido Reni, Private Tours in Rome Borghese Gallery The Sacred and Nature May 22, 2022.
The Guido Reni exhibition in Rome has opened to the public. The Sacred and the Nature, the first of a series of international exhibitions dedicated to the Italian seventeenth-century Master, open until May 22, 2022.
Rome Guido Reni. The exhibition revolves around the rediscovered painting by Reni Danza Campestre (around 1605), which was part of the museum’s collection a year ago. Belonging to the collection of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, cited in the ancient inventories since the beginning of the seventeenth century, sold in the nineteenth century, first dispersed, and then reappeared in 2008 on the London antique market as an anonymous Bolognese, the painting, after the appropriate attribution checks, is was repurchased by the Gallery in 2020. In addition to representing an essential historical integration of the museum’s heritage, its presence in the rooms of the art gallery alongside the other paintings in the collection underlines the fundamental importance of the Borghese commission for Guido Reni. It offers the opportunity to reflect on the painter’s relationship with the rural subject and landscape painting, hitherto considered “extraneous” to his production.
Guido Reni in Rome. The Sacred and Nature, through the exhibition of over 30 works, tries to reconstruct – starting from Reni’s interest in landscape painting concerning other painters working in Rome in the early seventeenth century – the first years of the artist’s stay in Rome, his passionate study of the ancient and the Renaissance, the stunning respect to the painting of Caravaggio that he knew and frequented, and the relationships with his clients.
Rome Guido Reni, Tours in Rome Borghese Gallery The Sacred and Nature May 22, 2022.
Rome Guido Reni. The exhibition itinerary opens on the ground floor in the large entrance hall with four monumental altarpieces – the Crucifixion of St. Peter (1604-5), the Trinity with the Madonna of Loreto, and the client Cardinal Antonio Maria Gallo (1603 -4 ca), the Martyrdom of Santa Caterina d’Alessandria (1606 ca) and the Martyrdom of Santa Cecilia (1601) – which highlight the artist’s ability, already matured in the years before he arrives in Rome, to deal with this typology, of touching souls through the solemnity and power of his perfect figures, and they also reveal a lot about Reni’s relationship with his clients: Paolo Emilio Sfondrato, Antonio Maria Gallo, Ottavio Costa, and Pietro Aldobrandini.
Rome Guido Reni, Tours in Rome Borghese Gallery The Sacred and Nature May 22, 2022. In the adjoining rooms, works such as the Massacre of the Innocents (1611) and San Paolo reproaches San Pietro penitente (1609 c.) Confirm that the Roman painting of Guido Reni is at the base, but also that which goes a little further in the years as with Lot and his daughters and Atalanta and Ippomene (1615-20), there is a strong attraction for the profession of sculptors, demonstrated by the position of bodies in space, by the three-dimensional concreteness of gestures, by the expressions of the faces that, masterfully, fix for always a specific emotion.
Rome Guido Reni, Tours in Rome Borghese Gallery The Sacred and Nature May 22, 2022. On the first floor, in the second part of the exhibition, generous loans and the Gallery’s exceptional collections allow paths and digressions around the theme of the landscape and the latest acquisition of the collection, the Country Dance: in the Sala del Lanfranco, to emphasize the practice of painting of a landscape in Rome in the first decade of the seventeenth century, some of the necessary Emilian premises are exhibited, from the Landscape with the deer hunting by Niccolò dell’Abate to the Country festival (1584) by Agostino Carracci, some paintings by Paul Bril part of the collection of the Gallery, and Landscape with abandoned Ariadne and Landscape with Salmace and Hermaphrodite (1606-8 ca), two of the six landscapes with mythological stories by Carlo Saraceni, formerly part of the Farnese collection, coming from the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte.
Rome Guido Reni, Tours in Rome Borghese Gallery The Sacred and Nature May 22, 2022. And again some late and literary experiments by Bolognese painters, from the four tondi by Francesco Albani – landscapes painted in 1621 for Scipione Borghese and inhabited by goddesses and nymphs – to Domenichino’s Landscape with Silvia and the satyr (1615) from the Pinacoteca di Bologna, a testimony of an interest that continues in the decades following those first intense moments of the century.
This beautiful exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by Marsilio with texts, among others, by Raffaella Morselli and Maria Cristina Terzaghi, Daniele Benati; an innovative reinterpretation of the Master’s work through a scientific study of Guido Reni as a landscape architect.
Rome Guido Reni, Tours in Rome Borghese Gallery The Sacred and Nature May 22, 2022. With the desire to allow as much access as possible to the exhibition and to support cultural consumption, the management of the Borghese Gallery has chosen not to apply increases on the cost of the ticket, which will therefore remain unchanged and allow access to the exhibition and the permanent collection. Vatican private tours.
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