Top Ten Paintings by Annibale Carracci

Top Ten Paintings by Annibale Carracci

       Annibale Carracci was born on November 3, 1560 in Bologna. In the Bologna of the early 1580’s, his cousin Ludovico Carracci along with Annibale’s brother Agostino, opened a painter’s Academy of Desiderosi (Desirous of fame and learning), later it was called the Academy of Incamminati (progressives); and finally the “School of the Eclectics” for training artists. The 17th century critic Giovanni Bellori, in his survey titled Idea, praised Carracci as the epitome of Roman Baroque. While the Carraccis laid special emphasis on draftsmanship, they also worked in a style mediating between the Florentine emphasis on linear drawing and the Venetian attention to the glimmering use of color leading to a mistier edge of objects. These qualities became particularly associated with artists of the Bolognese School, including their most prominent trainees of the Carraccis: Domenichino and Reni. It is difficult to distinguish the individual contributions by each Carraci brother in many early works, including frescoes in the Palazzo Fava in Bologna (c.1583-84), where worked together until 1595, when Annibale, the best known, was called to Rome by Cardinal Odoardo Farnese to decorate the gallery in the Palazzo Farnese.

  1. The Choice of Hercules (1596)

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  2. The Cyclops Polyphemus (1605)

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  3. Assumption of the Virgin (1590, 1600)

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  4. Venus with Satyr and Cupids (1588)

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  5. Mocking of Christ (1596)

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  6. The Dead Christ Mourned (1603)

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  7. Translation of the Holy House (1605)

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  8. Venus Adorned by the Graces (1595)

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  9. Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne (1602)

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  10. The Martyrdom of St. Stephen (1604)

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  11. Portrait of a Man Drinking (1583)

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  12. The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine (1587)

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  13. The Baptism of Christ (1584)

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  14. Domine quo vadis (1602)

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  15. Head of an Old Man (1592)

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  16. Venus, Adonis and Cupid (1595)

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  17. Crucifixion (1583)

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  18. Marsyas and Olympus (1600)

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