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Guido Reni (Bologna 1575-Bologna 1642)

A falling giant c.1638

RCIN 903461

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This is a study for the central figure in Coriolano’s woodcut of The Fall of the Giants, displayed in the cabinet to the left. The giant is shown against a rocky background, which represents the two mountains which the giants piled on top on each other in their attempt to attack the heavenly realm of the gods.

Purchased by George III, 1762