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Study for "St. Philip Neri Curing Pope Clement VIII of Gout" (Illustration to "Vita di S. Filippo Neri"), c. 1610

Guido Reni
Italian, 1575 - 1642
pen and brown ink over red chalk on laid paper, laid down on tan laid paper
21.9 x 16.3 cm
Purchased 1983
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28150)

This drawing represents the miraculous healing of Pope Clement VII from the affliction of gout of the hands by Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratorian order in Rome. It was made for a book of engravings Reni designed to illustrate a biography of this devout reformist, published in 1625. For the printmaker, Reni finally produced a less dynamic design than this one.

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