Bolognese painter Ludovico Carracci died on 13 or 14 November 1619 at age 64. Together with his cousins Annibale and Agostino, Ludovico helped transform Italian art from the decorative Mannerism popular in the mid-sixteenth century to the classicizing naturalism that came to dominate the early seventeenth century.  Like his cousins, Ludovico was deeply influenced by High Renaissance artists like Raphael,Correggio, and Titian. Unlike Annibale and Agostino, however, Ludovico preferred to stay in his native Bologna, where he ran the Carracci academy and had great influence on the next generation of Baroque artists, including Guido Reni, Francesco Albani, Domenichino, and Alessandro Algardi.

Reference: C. van Tuyll van Serooskerken, et al. “Carracci.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web.

Further reading: Ludovico Carracci and the Art of Drawing by Babette Bohn (2005).

Male Nude (Hercules?), ca. 1588, black chalk on brown paper. Düsseldorf: Museum Kunstpalast

The Lamentation, ca. 1582, oil on canvas, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace and The Annenberg Foundation Gifts; Harris Brisbane Dick, Rogers, and Gwynne Andrews Funds; Pat and John Rosenwald, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch, and Jon and Barbara Landau Gifts; Gift of Mortimer D. Sackler, Theresa Sackler and Family; and Victor Wilbour Memorial, Marquand, The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment, and Charles B. Curtis Funds, 2000.

Bargellini Madonna, 1588, oil on canvas, Bologna: Pinacoteca Nazionale.

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