Painting by Bologna painter Guido Reni “Portrait of a lady in the guise of a sibyl”. The size of the painting is 92 x 74 cm, oil on canvas.
In the period of the full flowering of Italian art, there was a whole phalanx of gifted and brilliant artists who erected a portrait to the degree of a highly elegant picture perpetuating the whole essence of a given person’s character at the moment of its brightest expression. Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Titian, Giorgione, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Reni, and many other masters became famous for their portraits as much as for historical paintings.
Nevertheless, in the 17th and 18th centuries such remarkable portrait painters as P. Minyar, G. Rigault, Detroit and N. Largillier in France, Kupetsky, R. Mengs and A. Graf in Germany, Reynolds, Laurens and Gainsboro in England worked, Goya in Spain, Levitsky and Borovikovsky in Russia.