In this major exhibition, the Städel Museum brings 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 highlights 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 is 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-emerges as that of a true genius of the period, with paintings of such brilliance and delicacy, worthy of his sobriquet “divine”.
The exhibition is on view from 23.11.2022 until 05.03.2023 at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt.
Guido Reni (Bologna 1575–1642)
The Assumption of the Virgin and Angels with St. Francis, St. Dominic, St. Peter Martyr and St. Agnes
oil on canvas
130.8 x 99.5 cm (51.5 x 39 in.)