Guido Reni's 'Atalanta and Hippomenes' returns to the Prado

The restored work of art 'one of our most important ones'

29 September, 18:32

    (di Francesco Rodella) (ANSAmed) - MADRID, 29 SET - Guido Reni's oil on canvas painting "Atalanta and Hippomenes" is back at the Prado at its central gallery in Madrid, Spain. Following comprehensive restoration, the seventeenth century painting of the Italian painter from Bologna can now be seen by the public again. It will remain on exhibit at the Prado until the beginning of November, when it will be brought to Frankfurt for a temporary exhibit at the Städel Museum. It will return to Spain at the beginning of 2023, just in time for an entire exhibition dedicated to Reni's work. "We are before one of the most important works of art of this museum", explained on Wednesday, Andrés Úbeda, adjunct director of the Prado.

    It is believed that the painting was realized in the years 1618-1619 and it depicts the mythical scene of Atalanta. It was subsequently included in a collection of Gaspar Bracamonte and later of Guzman, Viceroy of Naples between 1654 ad 1658. The painting was part of the Prado since its establishment in the first half of the XIX century.

    According to museum curators, the work of art constitutes "a fundamental piece" of Reni's work, considered, as explained by Ubeda "one of the most important names" of the "shared culture" with "Europe and Italy". Another version of the painting, always attributed to Reni, is at the Capodimonte museum in Naples, Italy.

    Speaking to ANSA, the head of the Italian painting section at the Prado until 1800, David García Cueto, explained that the "Atalanta and Hippomenes" in Madrid "is one of those works of art that, in itself, unites the genius of an entire city and time: the city of Bologna and the baroque period. Guido Reni unites and represents this genius in one single masterful work of art".

    The restoration work - curated by the specialist Almudena Grandes and supported by the Iberdola Foundation- last approximately "a year and a half", added García Cueto, and offered a new interpretation of the painting, distancing itself from its Caravaggio-like air it had taken on over the years without any restoration work. Now Reni's works appears as a work "filled with light and strong expressive impact". (ANSAmed).

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