Guido Reni (Italian, Bolognese, 1575–1642)
Oil on canvas; 54 x 41 3/4 in. (137.2 x 106 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1974 (1974.348)
This exceptionally beautiful picture exemplifies the refinement of Reni's much admired style. The variously colored complexions of the three infants was intentional. The picture comes from the Liechtenstein collection, Vienna, where it is recorded in 1767. It may have been bought or commissioned in Italy by Prince Karl Eusebius von Liechtenstein (1611–1684), who traveled in Italy in 1629–30. While not exactly datable, it has much in common with works by Reni executed about 1630.