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Guido Reni and Rome. Nature and Devotion

Guido Reni, Danza campestre, Roma, Galleria Borghese, ph. Mauro Coen, © Galleria Borghese

The Borghese Gallery dedicates a prestigious exhibition to the great master of 17th-century classicism and inaugurates the first of a series of international exhibitions dedicated to the Bolognese painter. On display more than 30 works that try to recreate the first years of the artist's stay in Rome, his passionate study of the ancient and the Renaissance, the disturbance caused by Caravaggio's painting and the relationships with the clients, starting from his interest in the landscape painting in relation to other painters active in Rome in the early 17nth century.

The young Guido Reni arrived in the Eternal City at the beginning of the 17th century and remained there, with frequent interruptions, until 1614. A stay initially marked by a series of religious works and ended with the marvellous fresco with the Aurora, painted between 1613 and 1614 in the casino of Cardinal Scipione Borghese - today Pallavicini Rospigliosi.

The exhibition revolves around the Danza Campestre (Country Dance) (about 1605), the painting by Reni already belonging to Cardinal Scipione Borghese collection, alienated in the 19nth century. Dispersed, it reappeared on the London antique market in 2008 as an anonymous Bolognese and for a year has been again part of the Gallery collection.

The exhibition path winds from the large entrance hall with 4 monumental altarpieces: the Crucifixion of St. Peter (1604-5); the Trinity with the Madonna of Loreto and the Patron, Cardinal Antonio Maria Gallo (1603-4 c.a.); the Martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria (1606 c.a.) and the Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia (1601), works that highlight the artist's sensitivity and his ability to deal with the religious genre. Following are paintings testifying how Reni was fascinated by the craft of sculptors: the Massacre of the Innocents (1611) and Saint Paul reproaches the Penitent Saint Peter (1609 c.), of the Roman period, and the later Lot and his daughters and Atalanta and Hippomenes (1615-20).

The second part focuses on the landscape theme and presents the Gallery's outstanding collections and important loans. Some important Emilian works introduce the path: from the Landscape with Deer Hunting by Niccolò dell’Abate to the Country Festival (1584) by Agostino Carracci; some paintings by Paul Bril, part of the Borghese collection; the Landscape with Ariadne abandoned and Landscape with Salmace and Hermaphrodite (1606-8 c.a.) by Carlo Saraceni, from the Museum and Real Bosco di Capodimonte. There are some late experiments by Bolognese painters: from the four tondos with goddesses and nymphs by Francesco Albani made in 1621 for Scipione Borghese - to the Landscape with Silvia and the satyr (1615) by Domenichino from the Pinacoteca di Bologna. Closing is the Country Dance, the masterpiece that portrays a country festival, accompanied by the music of the lute and the viola da braccio, attended by local ladies and gentlemen seated in a circle in a clearing among the trees. Behind the group, under the cloudy sky, rises a hilly landscape dotted with castles, farmhouses, a small church and a stretch of water crossed by some sails.

The exhibition, curated by Francesca Cappelletti, is accompanied by a catalogue published by Marsilio with texts, among others, by Daniele Benati, Raffaella Morselli and Maria Cristina Terzaghi.

Photo: Guido Reni, Danza campestre, 1605-1606, olio su tela, 81 x 99 cm, Roma, Galleria Borghese, ph. Mauro Coen, © Galleria Borghese

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