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Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642)
Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642) - Paintings & Drawings Style Louis XIII Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642) - Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642) - Louis XIII Antiquités - Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642)
Ref : 112285
14 500 €
Period :
17th century
Provenance :
Italy
Medium :
Oil on canvas
Dimensions :
l. 46.85 inch X H. 61.81 inch
Paintings & Drawings  - Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642) 17th century - Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642) Louis XIII - Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642) Antiquités - Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642)
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Saint Michael Archangel, Workshop Of Guido Reni (1575 - 1642)

Guido Reni (1575 - 1642) workshop of
Saint Michael Archangel

Oil on canvas

Dimensions (cm): 137 x 99
In antique frame 157 x 119

Provenance: Roman Collection

We are sharing a work of great charm, an oil on canvas painting executed in the 17th century, depicting the famous St. Michael the Archangel painted by Guido Reni in 1635 for the Church of the Capuchins, in the heart of Via Veneto in Rome. The church was erected by handout from Cardinal Antonio Barberini (1569-1646), brother of Urban VIII, in favour of the Capuchin order; it was the same cardinal who commissioned the altarpiece from Guido Reni at the height of his artistic maturity and fame.

After a long and intense training in Bologna, culminating at the Carracci Academy, Reni began to move away from mannerist painting and the influences of the group linked to these teachings. In 1602, at the age of twenty-seven, the painter, who was already working on his own, wanted to enrich his artistic background by travelling to Rome. He soon became famous in Roman circles, winning the protection of great figures such as Popes Paul V, Urban VIII and Scipione Borghese.

The archangel Michael, engaged in the fight against Evil, is depicted as a young man of rare beauty, strong and delicate at the same time, who, with his sword drawn, repels to hell an irritated devil, whose head he tramples on with his foot. Soft coloured draperies envelop the body of the angel in an intense classicism within a balanced composition that highlights the celestial beauty of the angelic face.

Great was the recognition and esteem of his contemporaries so that the painting was immediately an incredible success, thanks also to the controversy it aroused. In fact, Reni, having learnt that Cardinal Giovanni Battista Pamphili, the future Pope Innocent X, had slandered him by denigrating some of his works, in revenge would impersonate the Devil with his own face.  

Guido Reni's cunning was to exploit the historical competition between two of the most influential Roman families of the 17th century, the Barberini and the Pamphili, for his own personal revenge, while at the same time giving his work sudden celebrity.

The proposed canvas, considering the period of its execution and its good quality, is certainly the work of an artist from Reni's prolific workshop.

The conservation condition of the work is good with the presence of scattered restorations on the painted surface.

Delevery information :

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We take great care We personally take care of the packaging, to which we devote a great deal of care: each work is carefully packed, first with arti- cle material, then with a custom-made wooden box.

Should you have the desire to see this or other works in person, we would be happy to welcome you to our gallery in Riva del Garda, Viale Giuseppe Canella 18, we are always open by appointment only.

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CATALOGUE

17th Century Oil Painting Louis XIII