Artist

Guercino

Year
Cento ca. 1591 - 1666 Bologna
Price range
250,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, whose nickname Guercino means ‘squint eye’, has always been one of the most admired artists of the seventeenth-century Bolognese school.

Guercino was born in the small town of Cento but getting his start in nearby Bologna he moved to Rome from 1621–23 to exploit the patronage offered by the Bolognese Pope Gregory XV. On the Pope’s death he returned to Cento and thence to Bologna where he assumed the mantle of the leading Bolognese artist Guido Reni (1575–1642) who had died in 1641. Thereafter, he enjoyed a national and international reputation, wisely refusing an invitation to settle in England.

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Selected Artworks
Market

Top 3 auction prices

2,375,263 $
2005
2,415,000 $
2019
7,864,747 $
2010
Books on Guercino

Nicholas Turner, The Paintings of Guercino: A Revised and Expanded Catalogue Raisonné, Rome, 2017.

Sir Denis Mahon, ed., Guercino: Master Painter of the Baroque, exh. cat., Washington, D.C., 1992.

Carlo Cesare Malvasia, Felsina Pittrice: Live of the Bolognese Painters, 1678, trans. ed. Elizabeth Cropper, Washington D.C., 2012.

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