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International congress

New Research on Guido Reni

Call for papers

Despite their exponential growth in the last thirty years, temporary exhibitions are an important forum for scientific debate and academic dialogue. The presence of works of art from sometimes very distant latitudes at the exhibition venue makes it easier for these reflections to be enriched by direct observation.

By the end of 2022, the case of Guido Reni (Bologna, 1575 - 1642) is a paradigmatic example of this situation, thanks to both the recent critical edition of the biography dedicated to the author by Carlo Cesare Malvasia (Cropper-Pericolo 2019) and the exhibition Guido Reni a Roma. Il sacro e la natura (Rome, Galleria Borghese, March 1 - May 22, 2022). This Roman exhibition will be followed by two others dedicated to the same artist, Guido Reni: The Divine (Frankfurt, Städel Museum, November 23, 2022 - March 5, 2023) and the one organized by the Museo Nacional del Prado (Guido Reni, March 28 - July 9, 2023). These initiatives highlight the renewed vitality of studies on the great painter of the 17th century, whose fame and influence spread not only throughout that century's Italy, but also to various parts of Europe, including the Iberian Peninsula. Furthermore, his creations offered an aesthetic canon that captivated several successive generations of artists.

These exhibitions allow visitors to view a relevant selection of Reni's works, some of which are now included for the first time in his catalogue. Simultaneously, the revision of the author's literary sources enables a better understanding of his biography. With these as a foundation, a scientific re-reading of Reni's personality can be approached through the various historical and artistic contexts in which his life occurred.

On the occasion of the Guido Reni exhibition, which will open in 2023, the Museo Nacional del Prado invites specialists in this author and young researchers of his figure to present the latest news and discoveries about the great Bolognese master at a scientific meeting scheduled for June 15 and 16, 2023. This international congress will be held in honor of Professor Charles Dempsey (1937-2022), the author of seminal studies on the Bolognese school of painting.

Studies Center



Organized by:
Museo del Prado
With the collaboration of:
Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Madrid)
David García Cueto
Centro de Estudios del Prado
In collaboration with
Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Madrid)
Presentation of proposals: 10 October to 27 November, 2022
Confirmation of acceptance: 19 December, 2022
Publication of the event’s programme: 3rd April, 2023
Event dates: 15-16 June, 2023
Scientific coordination
Gloria Antoni


Lines of work

The gathering's main goal is to promote a debate on the figure of the painter, which may lead to a specific advance in some of the following arguments:

  • Art theory and historiography: Guido Reni's fortune in artistic literature (17th-20th centuries).
  • Guido Reni in his context (patrons, collectors, art market, copies).
  • Guido Reni's relationship with Europe and his success as a model (17th-19th centuries).
  • The master's drawings and engravings.
  • Guido's pictorial technique and the restoration of his works.
  • New proposals for his catalogue.
  • Guido Reni today: contemporary collecting and museum display.

Presentation of papers

Proposals should be submitted in abstract form (summary of up to 2.500 characters including spaces) along with a brief Curriculum Vitae (maximum 1 page) to Gloria Antoni ( by November 27, 2022. The selection outcome will be communicated to all interested parties by December 19.

Proposals may be submitted in English, Italian, or Spanish and may be presented for a maximum of 20 minutes. The Museo Nacional del Prado publishing house will release a volume of proceedings in digital format. The congress will be streamed live via the Zoom platform, though remote presentations will be permitted only in exceptional circumstances.

Scientific Committee

  • Daniele Benati (Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna)
  • Babette Bohn (Texas Christian University)
  • Francesca Cappelletti (Galleria Borghese)
  • Elizabeth Cropper (CASVA)
  • David García Cueto (Museo Nacional del Prado)
  • Raffaella Morselli (Università degli Studi di Teramo)
  • Lorenzo Pericolo (Florida State University)
  • Stefano Pierguidi (Università di Roma "La Sapienza")
  • Andrés Úbeda de los Cobos (Museo Nacional del Prado)