Virgin and Child, Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Virgin and Child
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Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)

Virgin and Child, 1621 – 1622


Dimensions
64.0 x 50.0 cm
Physical Description
Canvas
Inventory Number
2336
Acquisition
Acquired in 2010 as a gift from Barbara and Eduard Beaucamp
Status
On display

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About the Work

Faced with new tasks relating to the propaganda of the faith following the Counter-Reformation, painters searched for fresh ways to formulate the old familiar subjects. Guercino's 'Virgin and Child', recently donated to the Städel, is such a Baroque reinterpretation. The artist painted it after 1621 in Rome, where he was no doubt inspired by his immediate impressions of the oeuvre of Caravaggio. The dramatic chiaroscuro, the close-up intimacy of the picture, the simplicity of the clothing and the narrative all contribute to the direct effect the painting has on the viewer.

About the Donation

Barbara and Eduard Beaucamp discovered the 'Virgin with Child' in a Frankfurt art shop in 1981 and purchased it at well below its real value, since the work was believed to be a nineteenth-century copy. Eduard Beaucamp was a long-standing editor at the 'Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung'; the trained eye of the art critic - and that of his wife, Barbara, also a PhD art historian and a porcelain expert - recognised the outstanding quality of the painting. In 2010 they donated this precious work to the Städel Museum.

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Basic Information

Title
Virgin and Child
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Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
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Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 2010 as a gift from Barbara and Eduard Beaucamp

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Primary
  • 11F4 Madonna: i.e. Mary with the Christ-child
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06.08.2019