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

Presentation of Mary to the Temple

Cappella dell'Annunziata, Palazzo del Quirinale, Rome

In the lunettes of the main room the scenes Presentation of Mary to the Temple (left) and Annunciation to Coaching (right) are depicted. The two paintings were executed by Giovanni Lanfranco and Antonio Carracci, possibly after their own design sketches. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that Reni was responsible for the overall planning of the decoration, and purportedly engaged the other painters only because the pope wished it.