Lodovico Carracci died on 13 November 1619 in Bologna, where he was born in 1555. Together with his cousins Annibale and Agostino, Ludovico was instrumental in the shift from the decorative Mannerism popular in the mid-16th century to the classicizing naturalism that came to dominate the early 17th century.  Like his cousins, Lodovico was deeply influenced by High Renaissance artists such as Raphael, Correggio, and Titian. Unlike Annibale and Agostino, however, Lodovico 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.

Male Nude (Hercules), ca. 1588. Düsseldorf: Museum Kunstpalast

The Lamentation, ca. 1582,  New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Bargellini Madonna, 1588, Bologna: Pinacoteca Nazionale.

St. Sebastian Thrown into the Cloaca Maxima, 1612. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Further reading: Babette Bohn. Ludovico Carracci and the Art of Drawing. Brepols Publishing: Turnhout, Belgium, 2005.

Diane DeGrazie Bohlin. Prints and Related Drawings by the Carracci Family: A Catalogue Raisonné. Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 1979.

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