GUERCINO
(b. 1591, Cento, d. 1666, Bologna)

Hersilia Separating Romulus and Tatius

1645
Oil on canvas, 253 x 267 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

This painting is also known as The Combat of the Romans and the Sabines.

After Guido Reni's death in 1642, Guercino left Rome and settled in Bologna, where he developed a style with bright colours and clear outlines, in which the sculptural aspect of the figures and their frieze-like arrangement recall antique bas-reliefs, as in Hersilia Separating Romulus and Tatius.




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