By Ioannis Tzortzakakis

Antonio (Marziale) Carracci, painter, son of Agostino Carracci and nephew of Annibale Carracci, was born in Venice either in 1583 or in 1589, yet he died in Rome on 8 april 1618. After his father’s death, he went to Rome to work with his uncle Annibale; where it is said he has worked in the decoration of the Galleria Farnese, among others. Later, he made a short visit to Bologna to join the workshop of Ludovico Carracci (his father’s cousin), only to return to Rome in 1610 to work with Guido Reni in the Pauline Chapel of the Palazzo del Quirinale. In 1614, he became a member of the Accademia di San Luca and the following year, he married the Cypriot Rosa Leoni di Cipro. Reni had a major impact on his style; combining Emilian naturalism and Roman classicism; while Agostino Tassi and Orazio Gentileschi had also had a significant impact on his work.

 Further reading

For primary sources of his life, see the work of Mancini, Baglione and Malvasia.

C. van Tuyll van Serooskerken, et al. “Carracci.“ Grove art OnlineOxford Art Online. Oxford University Press, accessed April 8, 2017.


Agostino Carracci, Portrait of young Antonio Carracci, circa 1587-1593, Oil on canvas, Dresden: Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.

The abduction of Europa, Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna

The Martyrdom of Saint Stephen, about 1610, Oil on canvas, London: The National Gallery.

Landscape with Bathers, c. 1616, Oil on canvas, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts.

Leto (Latona), with her children Apollo and Diana, turning the Lycian peasants into frogs, Oil on canvas, England: Private Collection.

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