09 Works, Today, February 8th. is artist Guercino’s day, his story, illustrated with footnotes #039

Guercino (1591–1666)
Detail; Aurora, c. 1621

Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (February 8, 1591 — December 22, 1666), better known as Guercino, was born into a family of peasant farmers in Cento. Being cross-eyed, at an early age he acquired the nickname by which he is universally known, Guercino, meaning ‘squinter’. Mainly self-taught, at the age of 16, he worked as apprentice in the shop of Benedetto Gennari, a painter of the Bolognese School. An early commission was for the decoration with frescos (1615–1616) of Casa Pannini in Cento, where the naturalism of his landscapes already reveals considerable artistic independence…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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