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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

Guido Reni

Guido Reni (1575–1642) was a Bolognese artist who went on to work with Annibale Carracci on the Farnese Palace frescoes (see works after the frescoes by Carlo Cesio, pp. 34–37). After the completion of the Farnese commission, Reni stayed in Rome and became one of the most notable artists working during the time of Pope Paul V (Borghese).Among his works, he designed and painted frescoes and, in that capacity, went to Naples intending to decorate the Chapel of the Treasury of San Gennaro. Professional jealousy and rivalry—he is reputed to have quarreled with Caravaggio (1573–1610)—forced him to leave Naples before the commission was complete. He returned to Bologna where he established a workshop after the death of his mentor Carracci, and worked often in Rome