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Born Nov. 4, 1575, in Calvenzano, Emilia-Romagna; died Aug. 18, 1642, in Bologna. Italian painter.
Reni was greatly influenced by the Carracci brothers, Raphael, Caravaggio, and the artists of ancient Greece and Rome. He worked primarily in Rome (from 1605) and Bologna (from 1622). His mature works combine balanced, clear, and frequently relief-like composition with a palette consisting of gradations of warm golden or illuminated silver tones (for example, the fresco decoration Aurora, Rospigliosi Palace, Rome, c. 1610). Saccharine sentimentality or cold idealization (for example, Atalanta and Hippomenes, Capodimonte Museum, Naples) intensified in Reni’s works of his Bologna period. As a result, Reni’s name was often considered in later periods as a synonym for an academic artist.
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