Agostino, Annibale, Ludovico

Carracci. Family of Bolognese painters, the brothers Agostino (1557-1602) and Annibale (1560-1609) and their cousin Ludovico (1555-1619), who were prominent figures at the end of the 16th century in the movement against the prevailing Mannerist artificiality of Italian painting. As such they mark a transitionary step toward the Baroque style.

Early in their careers, they worked together and scholars conclude it is imposible to distinguish their individual contributions, especially in their masterpiece, the frescos in the Palazzo Fava in Bologna (c.1583-84). In the early 1580s they opened a private teaching academy, which soon became a center for contemporary art. In their teaching they laid special emphasis on drawing from the life (all three were outstanding graphic artists) and clear draughtsmanship became a quality particularly associated with artists of the Bolognese School.

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 Farnese Palace (1595)
 Central Panel, Farnese Palace (1595)
 Detail Central Panel, Farnese Palace
 Cyclops (!596)

 The Assumption of the Virgin (1580)
 Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine (1585)
 The Virgin with St. Luke (1586)
 The Virgin in Conversation (1588)

Assumption of the Virgin (1590)
 Assumption of the Virgin (1600)
Burial of St.Sebastian (1612)
 Baptism of Christ (1614

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