Ludovico Carracci  

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Ludovico (or Lodovico) Carracci (April 21, 1555November 13, 1619) was an Italian, early-Baroque painter, etcher, and printmaker born in Bologna.

Ludovico himself apprenticed under Prospero Fontana in Bologna and traveled to Florence, Parma, and Venice, before returning to his hometown. Along with his cousins Annibale and Agostino Carracci, Ludovico in 1585 was a founder and director (caposindaco) of the so-called Eclectic Academy of painting (also called the Accademia degli Incamminati), which in reality was a studio with apprenticed assistants. This studio however propelled a number of Emilian artists to pre-eminance in Rome and elsewhere, and singularly helped encourage the so-called Bolognese School) of the late 16th century, which included Albani, Guercino, Sacchi, Reni, Lanfranco and Domenichino. The Carracci had their apprentice draw studies focused on observation of nature and natural poses, and use a bold scale in drawing figures. Ludovico specifically helped train Giacomo Cavedone. The Carracci are credited with reinvigorating Italian art, specially fresco art, which was subsumed with formalistic Mannerism.

Carracci's own works are characterized by a strong mood invoked by broad gestures and flickering light that create spiritual emotion.

Ludovico Carracci died in Bologna in 1619.

Further reading

  • Babette Bohn Ludovico Carracci and the Art of Drawing Brepols 2004
  • Allessandro Brogi Ludovico Carracci Bologna 2001
  • Andrea Emiliani (ed.) Ludovico Carracci exh. cat. Bologna-FortWorth 1994 (with Essay and catalogue by Gail Feigenbaum)


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