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The Bowes Museum are holding the UK’s first exhibition dedicated to the Italian master Guido Reni.

Guido Reni (1575-1642) was a leading 17th century classical artist who created paintings renowned for their sublime beauty and refinement. His lyrical depictions of prominent female characters is a significant theme with devotional and legendary heroines offering an exploration of female beauty. It’s believed that no other artist in Western art has painted as many “femmes fortes” of the literary and sacred tradition as Reni. His work includes Cleopatra, Porzia, Europa, Judith, Mary Magdalene, Deianira and Lucretia (that’s his ‘The Death of Lucretia’ – pictured). Bernadette Petti, exhibition curator: “Reni was considered the most talented of the pupils in the school of the Carracci and he was the painter who successfully managed to revise Raphael’s manner by using graceful and delicate brushstroke that revealed a technical mastery.”

The Power and the Virtue: Guido Reni’s The Death of Lucretia, until 20 January, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. thebowesmuseum.org.uk