Charity

Artist: Guido Reni (Italian, Bologna 1575–1642 Bologna)

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 54 x 41 3/4 in. (137.2 x 106 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1974

Accession Number: 1974.348

Description

This painting exemplifies the refinement of Reni’s much admired style. The canvas comes from the Liechtenstein collection in Vienna, where it was recorded in 1767. It may have been commissioned or bought in Italy by Prince Karl Eusebius von Liechtenstein (1611–1684), who travelled to Italy in 1629–30. The allegorical figure of Charity follows the well-established iconographical model of a woman breastfeeding a group of children.

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