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, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 11

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About the Work

The Counter-Reformation confronted painters with a demand for new kinds of religious propaganda, and so they set out to find fresh ways of rendering familiar subjects. One such Baroque re-interpretation is this Virgin and Child by Guercino, Guercino, painted at the beginning of his stay in Rome (1621-23). The dramatic chiaroscuro, the intimate close-up view, and the simplicity of costume and action alike all contribute to the immediacy of the work’s impact on the viewer.

About the Acquisition

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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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Virgin and Child
Painter
Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Canvas
Material
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Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 2010 as a gift from Barbara and Eduard Beaucamp

Work Content

Iconclass

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

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Last update

29.07.2022