Guido Reni

An Artist at Work

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Guido Reni trained at the Carracci academy and would become one of the most influential artists of the early Italian Baroque period. The figure presented is part life study and part caricature. The distinctive profile, with its receding chin and thick lips, was no doubt based on the sitter’s features, but one senses the artist exaggerated slightly and flattered none at all. This sheet presents a curious juxtaposition: an informal but keenly observed study of a seated man identified as an artist overlaps a scribbled notation of a formal scene of a Presentation in the Temple. The casual nature of his study illustrates Reni’s awareness of the example of Agostino Carracci and the Bolognese tradition of informal drawing from life.
Artist
Title
An Artist at Work
Date
unknown
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and brown ink on laid paper
Dimensions
15.3 x 18.2 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1989
Accession number
30377