The Vision of The Squinter

EXHIBIT: "GUERCINO"

WHERE: THE DRAWING CENTER, NEW YORK CITY

WHAT: 60 DRAWINGS FROM THE ROYAL COLLECTION IN WINDSOR CASTLE

THE BOTTOM LINE: These superb, spontaneous works show a 17th century master at his best.

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666) was known from childhood and, since his death, to art history as Guercino -- "the Squinter." Thus he joins Masaccio ("Tom the Lump") and Sodoma among the notable Italian painters who survive in pejorative nicknames. One flinches to think what this practice might have done to the self-esteem of artists in the late 20th century had it gone on.

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