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

St Sebastian

c. 1615
Oil on canvas, 127 x 92 cm
Musei di Strada Nuova, Palazzo Rosso, Genoa

During his career Reni and his workshop produced two types of images of St Sebastian, which exist in various versions. The first type, from around 1615, exists in the autograph work now in the Musei di Strada Nuova, Palazzo Rosso in Genoa. Reni returned to the subject around 1616-17, with a different, larger composition. Many versions exist of this work, the painting in the Dulwich Gallery, London, is most likely the original and first one.

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