CHRISTMAS 2013: GUIDO RENI ST JOSEPH & CHILD MNH

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It is not too often that we see a painting depicting St. Joseph with the Holy Child like in this Guido Reni (1575-1642) work that adorns the Christmas 2013 stamp of Italy. Re-discovered in 1998, the 1635 painting can be seen at the Diocese Museum of Milan; it shows a clear influence of Raphael and it is truly captivating. The subject proved popular and Reni did other versions of this work.
In 1601, Reni moved to Rome where he worked at the Farnese Palace, becoming one of the top painters during the reign of Pope Paul V (Borghese) – a great art connoisseur. His Neapolitan years proved turbulent with competitors allegedly conspiring to poison and/or assassinate him. Eventually he returned to his native Bologna (in one piece and alive), where he settled and opened a studio and secured many prestigious commissions including important assignments such as decorating the cupola of the San Domenico Basilica. In Ravenna he painted a magnificent “Israelites gathering Manna” at the Cathedral. His “David and Goliath” and “The Deeds of Hercules” can be admired at the Louvre in Paris where about 20 of his pictures are on display; the National Gallery of London has seven; other remarkable works by Reni can be seen at museums all over the world: Berlin, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Vienna, Baltimore, and Dresden to name a few.
In modern times, his paintings have been regularly used to adorn stamps.

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