This exhibition is dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni, his female heroines and his representations of female beauty.
Guido Reni (1575-1642), was a leading 17th-century classical artist who created paintings renowned for their sublime beauty and refinement. Presenting works from both public and private collections, this exhibition offers visitors the chance to experience the mastery and the aesthetic quality of this outstanding artist and his works.
Guido Reni is renowned for his lyrical depictions of prominent female characters. It is believed no other artist in Western art has painted as many femmes fortes of the literary and sacred tradition as Reni. His devotional and legendary heroines offer an exploration of female beauty and include Cleopatra, Porzia, Europa, Judith, Mary Magdalene, Deianira and Lucretia.
The exhibition features The Death of Lucretia, a painting that has been in The Bowes Museum’s collection since the 1840s and that is currently the focus of a multidisciplinary investigation in collaboration with Northumbria University and the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow to determine its attribution to Reni. The Power and the Virtue sheds new light on 17th-century painting and presents The Death of Lucretia in conversation with outstanding paintings by Reni.