March 3-May 31

Despite fame during his time, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), best known as Guercino, was later dismissed and forgotten as artists began to reject academic traditions and genres shifted. Since the mid-20th century, however, there has been a rediscovery and re-appreciation of his Italian Baroque work, with a number of large-scale exhibitions having taken place in Europe in the recent years.

This is the first major showing of Guercino’s paintings in Japan, with 44 of his works, including one belonging to the National Museum of Western Art.

The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; 7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo. Ueno Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,500. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.nmwa.go.jp/en

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