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From Venice to Bologna: Art and Artists in Late Renaissance Italy

Mattia Biffis, Research Associate, 2016–2017


Johann Jakob Frey the Elder after Guido Reni, Dispute over the Immaculate Conception. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1962

This year I completed three articles on Guido Reni that were inspired by my current collaboration with the Malvasia research project, published respectively in The Burlington Magazine, Journal of the History of Collections, and Studi Secenteschi. These contributions center on different aspects of Guido’s artistic production and early reception and focus on such masterpieces as the lost Bacchus and Ariadne for Queen Henrietta Maria of England and Dispute over the Immaculate Conception, now at the State Hermitage Museum. They show how fruitful research on a fundamental primary source such as Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s Felsina pittrice can be. Also forthcoming is a more substantial study on Venetian mannerist artists. Two other projects on the mobility of paintings and the forensic use of images in the baroque are in progress.