Frankfurt, Städel Museum
23 November 2022 – 5 March 2023
The Klesch Collection was honoured to have The Assumption of the Virgin and Angels with St. Francis, St. Dominic, St. Peter Martyr and St. Agnes by Guido Reni on view at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt as part of their exhibition ‘Guido Reni: The Divine’, curated by Dr. Bastian Eclercy.
In this major exhibition, the Städel Museum brought together some of Reni’s greatest paintings spanning his long career, reminding visitors that Reni was in fact, one of the biggest stars from the Italian Baroque period. Though successful and highly celebrated in Europe in his own day, Reni’s reputation dimmed in the nineteenth century due to changes in taste and the many copies being produced by Reni’s workshop that saturated the public perception. This exhibition highlighted the true qualities of his art and his formative influence on the religious imagery in European painting by going straight to the heart of Reni’s oeuvre. The Klesch Collection’s newly discovered The Assumption was included in the section of the exhibition ‘On the Way: Reni’s Beginnings in Bologna’, devoted to the contextualisation of Reni’s artistic origins.
Guido Reni’s work re-emerged as that of a true genius of the period, with paintings of such brilliance and delicacy, worthy of his sobriquet ‘divine’.