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Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
17th-century Bolognese
(Cento, Italy, 1591 - 1666, Bologna, Italy)

Guercino's style, its optical intensity and sensory appeal, offered an alternative to the more schematic naturalism of Caravaggio and the early classicism of Annibale Carracci. Guercino, however, was reciprocally affected by those prevailing currents, as well as by the weight of the city’s earlier artistic traditions. Just as other painters like Giovanni Lanfranco and Pietro da Cortona began to explore and extend the possibilities of Guercino’s style, he tempered them.

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