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

Crucifixion of St Peter

Oil on canvas
Pinacoteca, Vatican

Guido Reni intended to try his luck in Rome, arriving there by the end of 1601. In Rome Caravaggio captured Reni's attention. He was powerfully attracted to Caravaggio, and this can be gleaned at its highest level in the Crucifixion of St Peter, painted for Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini. It was a brief digression, however, from which he emerged a mature artist convinced that his path was precisely the opposite of the one taken by Caravaggio.