RENI, Guido
(b. 1575, Calvenzano, d. 1642, Bologna)

Mysteries of Faith

Palazzo Pontifici, Vatican

For Pope Paul V (Camillo Borghese) Guido Reni painted the ceilings of two rooms in a new addition to the Vatican palace that the pope and his nephew, the art-loving Scipione Borghese used as audience rooms. In the three framed ceiling panels of the papal audience room, Reni illustrated, in an obvious borrowing from Raphael, The Mysteries of the Faith: The Transfiguration, Acension of Christ, and Miracle of the Pentecost.