GUIDO RENI (1575-1642)

An interesting theory, which has often been put forward, is the question of the manner in which the character of an artist may affect his work. Does the frailty of a man reveal itself in the work of his mind and hands? Guido Reni is a painter who furnishes an example that the theorists may well ponder over. He was an inveterate gambler, and many who admire his work would censure him for the habit, Yet with it all he has produced such sermons in paint as have profoundly moved the generations of men throughout the world ever since his time. Here is one of the most poignant pictures ever conceived and put upon canvas, showing the " Man of Sorrows" in one of the acutest phases of His suffering:

.. Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head. and they put on him a purple robe. . . . Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, 'Behold the man '..

Guido painted innumerable pictures which are to be seen in all the principal European galleries. He studied under Calvaert and Ludovico Caracci, and went to Rome, first in 1599 and again in 1605. Here he worked for the Church, and one can imagine that the prelates welcomed him as a painter who could move the souls and stir the imaginations of their congregations. Through a quarrel with Cardinal Spinola concerning an altar-piece for St. Peter's, he left the Eternal City and migrated to Bologna, where he died.

From the book "Famous Paintings" Volume 2 printed in 1913.

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My Great Grandmother

The Meeting


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From the Dorsetshire Cliffs

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The River Bank

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Mother's Darling

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The Hay-Wain

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The Fisherman's Hut

Jean Baptiste Camille
A Flood

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The Dream

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Thomas Gainsborough
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Thomas Gainsborough
The Market Cart

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The Head of a Girl

Jean Baptiste Greuze

James Clark Hook
Home With the Tide

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Windsor Castle

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The Shipwrecked Mariner

B.W. Leader
The Stream in Summer-time

Madame Vigee Le Brun
Portrait of the Artist

Alphonse Legros
A Canal With a Fisherman

Anton Mauve
Watering Horses

J.L.E. Meissonier
The Cavalier

Sir J.E. Millais
Speak! Speak!

Sir J.E. Mallais
My First Sermon

George Morland
The Reckoning

George Morland
The Inside of a Stable

The Immaculate Conception
of the Virgin

Alfred Parsons
When Nature Painted
All Things Gay

Ralph Peacock
The Sisters

Syndics of the
Cloth Merchants' Guild

Guido Reni
"Ecce Homo"

Sir Joshua Reynolds
Portrait of Mrs. Richard Hoare
With Her Infant Son

Briton Riviere
The Temptation
in the Wilderness

Dante Gabriel
Day Dreams

John Singer Sargent
Miss Ellen Terry
as Lady Macbeth

Lady Stanley
(Dorothy Tennant)
His First Offence

Jan Steen
Grace Before Meat

Marcus Stone
On the Road from
Waterloo to Paris

Constant Troyon
Watering Cattle

H.S. Tuke
"All Hands to the Pumps"

King Philip IV. of Spain

S.E. Waller
Sweethearts and Wives

Thomas Webster
The Smile

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