Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Annibale Carracci
Assumption of the Virgin
Santa Maria del Popolo
The Carracci were a family of artists and engravers from Bologna.
Brothers Agostino (1557-1602) and Annibale (1560-1609) and cousin Ludovico (1555-1619) worked extensively in Bologna and later opened their own private teaching academy Academia delgi Incamminati (Academy of the Progressives) in the early 1580s, teaching with special emphasis on drawing from real life. Domenichino and Guido Reni trained at the academy.
Annibale, the most talented of the family was called to Rome by Cardinal Odoardo Farnese in 1595 to decorate the Farnese family palace and created the fresco cycle in the Galleria Farnese of the Loves of the Gods. He is also known for his landscapes.
In 1606 He almost entirely gave up on painting after a nervous breakdown. He died in 1609 and is buried, according to his request, near Raphael in the Pantheon.
Agostino assisted Annibale in decorating the Farnese Palace from 1570 to 1600 but he was important mainly as a teacher and engraver, and his engravings of anatomical studies were used as teaching aids for nearly two centuries. Agostino spent his last years working in Parma decorating the ceiling of Palazzo de Giardino.
Most of Ludovico's art is in Bologna and he concentrated on directing the academy after his cousins left for Rome. He died in Bologna in 1619.

Annibale Carracci
Landscape with Penitent Magdalen
Galleria Doria Pamphilj

Annibale Carracci Art in Rome
Galleria Doria Pamphilj
The Flight into Egypt
The Ecstasy of St Francis
Landscape with the Penitent Magdalen
Chiron and Achilles
Triptych of Christ
Holy Family
Jupiter and Juno
The Laughing Youth
Samson Imprisoned
Galleria Colonna
The Beaneater
Cerasi Chapel Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Translation of the Holy House
Chiesa di Santa Caterina della Rosa
St Margaret
Palazzo Farnese
frescoes including Triumph of Bacchus
Homage to Diana

Agostino Carracci Art in Rome
Ecstasy of St Catherine
St Francis receiving the Stigmata
Antonio Marziale Carracci (son)

Ludovico Carracci Art in Rome
An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory
The Trinity with the Dead Christ
Madonna and Child with St Francis

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