The Bolognese painters of the seventeenth century are renowned worldwide. The recognition of the strategic role played by Carracci, by Guido Reni and by Guercino in the history of European painting has never disappeared as well as the works, dating back to the second half of the seventeenth century, by Elisabetta Sirani, Lorenzo Pasinelli, Carlo Cignani, Marcantonio Franceschini and other Bolognese painters, which crossed the Alps towards the Germanic and Anglo-Saxon countries. Not to mention the painters who worked in the Medici court as well as in the Este family and reached Rome, Genoa, Madrid, Paris, Vienna and other European cities.
The Collections of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna partly document the production of these artists: they include first-rate names, such as Guido Reni, Guercino, Simone Cantarini, Francesco Gessi, Gian Giacomo Sementi and Giovanni Andrea Sirani, father of the celebrated Elisabetta.
The exhibition is completed by a section of paintings of religious character and portraits.