Assumption of the Virgin, Guido Reni
Guido Reni
Assumption of the Virgin
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Guido Reni

Assumption of the Virgin, ca. 1598 – 1599

58 x 44.4 cm
Physical Description
oil on copper
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Acquired in 2014 with generous support from I. Biermann, Fritz and Waltraut Mayer, Dieter and Ingrid Seydler and other donors, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 11


About the Work

Painted on copper, the ‘Assumption of the Virgin’ is one of the very few surviving early works by Guido Reni, an artist of key significance for the development of Baroque painting in Bologna and Rome, and whose works continue to shape our image of the Italian Baroque to this day. In 1595, after training with Denys Calvaert in Bologna, Reni entered the academy of the Carracci. Two large altarpieces by Annibale and Agostino Carracci served him as a point of departure for this extremely well-conceived composition, supplying him with motivic inspiration for the figure of the Virgin, shown seated on the throne of clouds with outspread arms, and the two angels accompanying her. At the same time, however, Reni’s conception of the theme is not only entirely different, but so novel for its time as to be revolutionary. Whereas the Carracci depicted Mary’s dramatic ascension with typically High Renaissance pathos, Reni has translated the event into a wholly different mood – a gentle-upward floating accompanied by the music of the spheres and full of poetic harmony.

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  • Highlights of the Städel Collection
  • Exhibition “Guido Reni. The Divine” (2022)
  • Exhibition “Guido Reni. The Divine” (2022)
KunstIStück – Guido Reni: Himmelfahrt Mariens
KunstIStück – Guido Reni: Himmelfahrt Mariens, ca. 1596–1597, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten.

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