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  • Fathers of the Church Disputing the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

    Artist:
    Reni, Guido. 1575-1642
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    273,5x184 cm

Reni, Guido. 1575-1642

Fathers of the Church Disputing the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

Italy, Between 1620 and 1642

The painter and engraver Guido Reni was from 1614 head of the classicizing Bologna Academy. His works were extremely popular with contemporaries. The choice of the extremely rare subject of this painting is probably linked with renewed activity in the Catholic Church in the 17th century. The dogma of the immaculate conception was put forward in the 4th century by the Fathers of the Church, but was officially confirmed only by a bulla of Pope Pius XII in the middle of the 20th century. Reni shows the appearance of the Virgin Mary to the Fathers of the Church, all deep in thought. In the foreground are Saints Jerome and Augustine, behind them are Ambrosius, Gregory the Great, Gregory of Nazianzus and John Chrysotostom. They are the embodiment of the artist's conception of noble and wise old age. A daring combination of large areas of yellow and red give the canvas an imposing, monumental feel.

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Fathers of the Church Disputing the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

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oil

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273,5x184 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1779; acquired from the R. Walpole collection, Houghton Hall, England

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ГЭ-59

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