Annibale Carracci

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Annibale Carracci

The Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne

Annibale Carracci was born in Bologna, Italy in 1560. He began his art career working with his brother and cousin. Together, they founded the Carracci Academy in the late 1580s. Eventually it became evident that Annibale was the superior artist. He was invited to Rome to work for the Farnese family in 1595 where he created his famous Farnese Gallery. However, the cardinal at the time disliked Annibale. Instead of praising Annibale for his great work, he paid him only 500 scudi and sent Annibale into a state of depression. Annibale gave up painting and died in 1609.

The Farnese Gallery

Self Portrait

About Annibale

The Cyclops Polyphemus

A jealous Cyclops Polyphemus hurls a rock at Acis, the beloved of the sea nymph Galatea.

Annibale Carracci: The Farnese Gallery

Carracci disliked the artificiality of Mannerist painting and preferred the traditional Renaissance style. He particularly admired the northern Italian style of putting an emphasis on color, light, emotions and the study of nature to make his paintings truly come alive. His new way of viewing art was very influential in leading up to the Baroque period.



Annibale's Sketches

Farnese Gallery

More Paintings

The center piece of the Farnese Gallery


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