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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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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
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