The artist of the Bologna school, where academicism flourished, Guido Reni was also influenced by Caravaggio. He took the master’s conviction that art should be as close as possible to reality, so you should not be afraid to depict even unpleasant or scary things.
This synthesis of passionate, realistic painting and academic manner was embodied in Reni’s painting “David with the Head of Goliath”. One of the peculiarities of Caravaggism was the contrasting illumination that the artist uses here, but his light is not as warm as that of Caravaggio, but rather cool.
But the contrast between the young, flourishing hero, personifying life itself, and the terrible head of a murdered giant, on which Reni’s work is built, was characteristic of the art of Mannerism and academism.