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Divine Guido: Religion, Sex, Money and Art in the World of Guido Reni Hardcover – 3 Nov 1997


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  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (3 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300070357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300070354
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 20 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,524,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By jane sanderson on 30 April 2014
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Brilliant volume which gives a clear and easily readable insight into the work, life, art market and contemporaries of Guido Reni.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec 1998
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. My review may be found in "Art History" vol. 21, no. 3 (September 1998), 445-48. In the reiew I mention: "It offers the first extensive twentieth century analysis of Reni's personality and environment. Spear's relatively non-reductive research methodology is an interesting shift of study 'from the "outside" to the "inside"' of the subject (Spear p. 9). This method is used in addition to the standard revisionist focus on the artist from his/her own time, rather than from our time. 'The "Divine" Guido' is a welcome addition to the new historicist studies from publishers such as Yale University, Cambridge University, Prentice Hall and Thames & Hudson."
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Examining an all but forgotten Genius 15 Jun 2011
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Guido Reni (1575-1642) was an Italian artist from Bologna who lived during the time of the great baroque artists Caravaggio, Rembradt, Vermeer, Tiepolo, Velásquez, Poussin, Zurbarán etc - all great artists whose reputations grow with the passing of centuries. Oddly enough the works of Reni are highly recognizable and his output was considerable, but he tended to soften the drama of painters like Caravaggio et al and opted instead for a feminization of his subjects. In this excellent monograph author Richard Spear explores the life and times of this enigmatic artist and offers some insights as to why his work has not embrace fame.

Reni was a strange man - very pious, virginal, seemingly more interested in the money of making art than in the works he left for posterity, and besieged by his demons of his belief in witchcraft and his fear of physical contact. He did not tolerate criticism and instead developed a group of followers as students many of whom ultimately became better known the Reni. But at the same time Reni's approach to his subjects - almost exclusively religious or mythological - was that of a passionately pious person. His many depictions of the assumption, the nativity, and the crucifixion are breathtakingly beautiful if unabashedly 'pretty'. Spear's analyses of his paintings is more solid than his examination of the life style of this Baroque artist, but as a document devoted to a rather forgotten painter, this monograph of Guido Reni is the finest available. Grady Harp, June 11
10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A very interesting and informative book 28 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. My review may be found in "Art History" vol. 21, no. 3 (September 1998), 445-48. In the reiew I mention: "It offers the first extensive twentieth century analysis of Reni's personality and environment. Spear's relatively non-reductive research methodology is an interesting shift of study 'from the "outside" to the "inside"' of the subject (Spear p. 9). This method is used in addition to the standard revisionist focus on the artist from his/her own time, rather than from our time. 'The "Divine" Guido' is a welcome addition to the new historicist studies from publishers such as Yale University, Cambridge University, Prentice Hall and Thames & Hudson."
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