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Guido Reni
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Artist
    (November 4, 1575-August 18, 1642)
    Born in Bologna, Italy
    High Baroque painter of religious, mythological, and allegorical subjects
    Dominant figure of the Bolognese School of painting
    Attended the Accademia degli Incamminati (c. 1587-98)
    Paintings include 'David with the Head of Goliath' (1605), 'Massacre of the Innocents' (1611), 'Bacchus and Ariadne' (1619-20), 'Jesus Christ with the Cross' (1621), 'Atalanta and Hippomenes' (1625), 'Christ Giving the Keys to St. Peter' (1626), 'Joseph and Potiphar's Wife' (1631), 'Archangel Michael' (1636), 'The Rape of Europa' (1637-39), and 'St. Joseph and the Christ Child' (1640)
    Said to be asexual
    Died in Bologna
    He had a temperamental personality.
    He was so scared of women that he believed even the slightest touch from them is poisonous.
    One of his paintings shares the same name and subject theme as a painting by Peter Paul Rubens.
    There was a legend that he depicted Satan in his painting 'Archangel Michael' with the future Pope Innocent X's features.
    He spent little time in Naples because he was paranoid that the local painters would poison him.
    He was a compulsive gambler, often in financial trouble despite the steady drmand of his paintings.
    A portrait of Beatrice Cenci has been misattributed to him because she was executed before he lived in Rome.
    His reputation declined when John Ruskin called his artwork 'sentimental' and 'false'.
    He was the most famous Italian painter of his time and a model for other Italian Baroque artists.
    His art style influenced many Italian, Spanish, and French artists.
    He combined elegant and graceful figures with naturalistic details and textures in his paintings.
    The technique he used for his etchings was used by the Bolognese school and became the standard for Italian printmakers of his time.
    Dislike his fear of women, he deeply loved his mother, even painting a portrait of her.
    According to his biographer, the first advice he gave his students was to fear God.
    He helped Annibale Carracci decorate the frescos in the Farnese Palace.
    Interest in him has increased since an exhibition of his paintings. (1954)

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