PRESS RELEASE RESEARCHING RENI – A NEW SHINE FOR GUIDO RENI’S MASTERPIECE LIVE EVENT WITH RESEARCH INSIGHTS INTO THE CONSERVATION OF GUIDO RENI’S MASTERPIECE “CHRIST AT THE COLUMN” ON 12 JULY 2022
PARTNERSHIP WITH BANK OF AMERICA’S ART CONSERVATION PROJECT
One of the most celebrated artworks by the Italian Baroque painter Guido Reni (1575–1642) is currently in conservation at the Städel Museum. Christ at the Column (c. 1604) is a masterpiece by the star painter of the 17th century. The conservation is made possible through the support of funding through Bank of America’s Art Conservation Project. The conservation work sees the removal of old varnish from the painting along with retouching and overpainting that has taken place over the years.
The masterpiece will be presented to the public in a major exhibition dedicated to the rediscovery of the artist, at the Städel Museum in autumn 2022. Prior to that, the curator and the conservation department will be providing insight into the history of the artwork and the conservation process in an online presentation on Tuesday, 12 July 2022 at 4 pm CET. The online event will be broadcast live from the museum’s conservation department to the Städel’s YouTube-channel.
PRESS RELEASE GUIDO RENI "THE DIVINE" 23 NOVEMBER 2022 TO 5 MARCH 2023
Misunderstood, ignored, forgotten—in a large-scale exhibition to take place in the winter of 2022/23, the Städel Museum is rediscovering the onetime star painter of the Italian Baroque: Guido Reni (1575–1642). Despised in the nineteenth century on account of the aesthetic preferences of that era, later relegated to the sidelines by the one-sided concentration on his rival Caravaggio, Reni today no longer occupies the place he deserves in the public consciousness. In his own day, he was one of Europe’s most successful and most celebrated painters, sought after by such prominent patrons as the Borghese Pope Paul V, the Duke of Mantua, and the Queen of England. A contemporary biography provides insights into his artistic activities in Bologna and Rome, but also his ambiguous personality: it portrays him as an artist both deeply religious and superstitious, both tremendously successful and hopelessly addicted to gambling.