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Author Spear, Richard E., 1940-

Title The "Divine" Guido : religion, sex, money, and art in the world of Guido Reni / Richard E. Spear.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  759.5 R413S    Check Shelf
Description 430 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-416) and indexes.
Contents I: Authors -- Character -- Gambling -- Witches -- Sex -- Martyrs -- II: Guido's grace -- God's grace -- Mary Virgin -- Mary Magdalene -- Christ -- III: Marketing -- Studio -- Di sua mano -- Ultima maniera.
Summary In this highly original study of Italian baroque master Guido Reni (1575-1642), Richard Spear paints a compelling portrait of the artist - his complexities, his formative experiences, his cultural surroundings, and his unique sensibilities. Spear views Reni's career from a wide variety of perspectives and sets his life and works in social, economic, historical, artistic, religious, and psychological contexts. The author focuses first on Reni's peculiar character: a man at once deeply religious, rabidly misogynist, reportedly virginal, neurotically fearful of witches, and addicted to gambling.
The author considers the enduring charisma of Reni's Crucifixions, weeping Marys, and repentant saints in the light of the Catholic doctrinal meaning of grace in Reni's time, the Church's attitude toward Mary and women, and the gendered implications of visual grace. Chapters on Reni's pricing policies, selling strategies, use of assistants, and attitude toward what constituted an "original," expose the motivating importance of money for Reni, and the concerns, even among seventeenth-century collectors, about how to distinguish original paintings from studio replicas or copies.
The book investigates the ways renaissance and baroque attitudes toward art-making affected Reni and closes with a fresh view of Reni's unfinished canvases and last style, including the Divine Love, the beautiful and unusual painting that remained in Reni's studio at the time of his death.
Subject Reni, Guido, 1575-1642 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Reni, Guido, 1575-1642.
Reni, Guido, 1575-1642 (OCoLC)fst00050626
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Added Author Reni, Guido, 1575-1642.
ISBN 0300070357 (cloth)
9780300070354 (cloth)
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