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Old Master Drawings: Annibale Carracci (Bologna, 1560-1609, Rome)

North Italian Illuminated Manuscript / Italian Old Master Drawings: An Overview / Italian School, 16th-Century Drawings
Michelangelo Buonarotti (After) / Raphael / Giulio Romano / Perino del Vaga / Marcantonio Raimondi / Parmigianino
Titian (after) / Andrea Schiavone / Tintoretto / Veronese / Taddeo Zuccaro / Federico Zuccaro / Alessandro Casolani
Jacopo Palma il Giovane / Cherubino Alberti / Luca Cambiaso / Annibale Carracci / Ludovico Carracci

Italian School, 17th-Century Drawings / Bolognese School / Giovanni Baglione / Matteo Rosselli / Ercole Bazzicaluva
Baldassare Franceschini called Il Volterrano / Pier Francesco Mazzuccelli, il Morazzone / Odoardo Fialetti / Simone Cantarini
Domenichino / Francesco Albani / Giovanni Lanfranco / Guercino / Pier Francesco Mola / Antonio Busca

Italian School Printmakers, 15th-17th Centuries: Venetian School, c. 1497 / Raphael School / Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio
Marcantonio Raimondi / The Master of the Die / Anea Vico / Agostino Veneziano / Nicholas Beatrizet
Michelangelo Buonarotti (After) / Giulio Bonasone / Giovanni Battista Franco /Girolamo Fagiuoli / Cherubino Alberti
Titian (after) / Tintoretto (after) / Parmigianino / Giorgio Ghisi / Diana Scultori / Annibale Carracci / Ludovico Carracci
Agostino Carracci / Simone Cantarini / Elisabetta Sirani / Gerolamo Scarsello

Netherlandish School, 15th-17th-Century Drawings / Flemish School, 17th-Century
Bernaert van Orley / Lucas van Leyden / Maarten de Vos / Jan Baptiste de Wael / Abraham Bloemaert
Peter Paul Rubens / Philipp Sadeler / Nicolaes Maes / Rembrandt School

Netherlandish Printmakers 16th-17th Centuries: Lucas van Leyden, Maarten van Heemskerck, Cornelis Cort
Philips Galle, Abraham de Bruyn, Hans (Jan) Collaert, Adriaen Collaert, Karel de Mallery, Theodore Galle, Hendrik Goltzius
Julius Goltzius, Jacob Matham, Jan Sanraedam, Maarten de Vos, Jan Sadeler, Aegidius Sadeler, Raphael Sadeler
Crispin de Passe, Magdalena de Passe, Wierix Brothers, Rembrandt, Rembrandt School, Jan Lievens, Jan Joris van Vliet,
Ferdinand Bol, Govert Flinck
German Drawings: Hans Sebald Beham / Virgil Solis / Hans von Aachen / Joseph Heinrich Roos
German 16th century printmakers: Heinrich Aldegrever, Jost Amman, Hans Sebald Beham, Hans Brosamer, Hans Burgkmair,
Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, Albrecht Durer (After), Hans Holbein (After), Hopfer Brothers, Georg Pencz, Hans Schäufelein,
Virgil Solis, Wolfgang Stuber

French Drawings: Charles de La Fosse / Etienne Parrocel / François Boucher / Jean-François de Neufforge / Mouricault
French printmakers: Etienne Delaunne / Rene Boyvin /Thomas de Leu / Jean Cousin the Younger / Jacques Callot
Abraham Bosse / Sebastien Bourdon / Claude Gelle "le Lorraine" / Jean LePautre
Claudine Bouzonnet Stella / Antonette Bouzonnet Stella / Gabriel Perelle

19th-Century Drawings / 20th-Century Drawings
From their studio, the Italian brothers Annibale (1560-1609) and Agostino Carracci (1557-1602), with their cousin Ludovico (1555-1619), produced art that greatly influenced European painting and drawing of the 17th and 18th centuries. Through their study of nature and the art of Michelangelo, Raphael, and Correggio, they rejected the mannered approaches of contemporaries and laid the foundation for the development of Baroque art. Though many drawings were studies in preparation for painting commissions, they drew everything they observed more extensively than previous generations of artists: people, animals, landscapes, and everyday life scenes. They studied these drawings and students in the Academy they founded studied them. Their drawings influenced the great English architect, Inigo Jones, and Carracci drawings entered England's Royal Collection as early as the 1700s.

As Diane De Grazia put it in the introduction to the section on Annibale Carracci in Corregio and His Legacy, "Considered the genius of the Carracci family, Annibale was certainly the most inventive as well. In the past thirty years he has finally been recognized for his achievements. There are now several monographs on the artist, and the current argument among scholars concerns the extent of his genius: was it innate or was he also a learned man? Annibale probably trained as a painter under his elder cousin Lodovico and he learned printmaking from his brother Agostino. He traveled (perhaps as early as 1580) to Venice and Parma, where he came under the influence of Correggio, which along with that of Barocci is apparent in his early drawings and in his work in the Palazzo Fava frescoes. Later in the 1580s he visited Venice, and his work in the late 1580s, such as the Madonna of Saint Matthew in Dresden, shows the impact of Titian in both color and composition. After working with Loodovico and Agostino in the early1590s on the Palazzo Magnani frescoes and on other joint projects, he was called to Rome in 1594. Except for a brief trip back to Bologna in 1595 and one to Naples in 1609, he remained there until his death in 1609. His Roman masterpieces (in fresco) are the Camerino Farnese (1595-1597) and the Galeria Farnese (1597-1600) in the Palazzo Farnese. In the Camerino the spirit of Correggio was sustained, but in the Galeria Raphael and Michelangelo replaced Annibale's earlier hero as a source of inspiration. This might suggest that the label of eclectic pinned on Annibale is a correct one. However, like most artists Annibale was influenced by a variety of sources, and his genius lay in his skill at adapting these disparate styles to his own original personality. Annibale's lasting contribution was not only his renewal of Renaissance sources, but his new appreciation of nature. The combination of forms based on nature and on an artistic ideal made Annibale the inspiration for Roman painters of the entire seventeenth century" (364).

Annibale also treats Apollo in a drawing in the Royal Colection at Windsor Castler. See catalogue number 312: Apollo receiving the lyre from Mercury in R. Wittkower, The Drawings of the Carracci in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle (London: Phaidon Press, 1952), p. 140.

We will be adding illustrations of engravings by or after Annibale and Agostino as soon as time permits.

Selected Bibliographty: Daniele Benati, Diane De Grazia, Gail Feigenbaum, Kate Ganz, Catherine Loisel Legrand, et al. The Drawings of Annibale Carracci (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1999); Diane DeGrazia Bohlin, Prints and related drawings by the Carracci Family. A catalogue raisonne (Washington DC: National Gallery of Art, 2000); J. P. Cooney, ed. L'Opera Completa di Annibale Carracci (Milan: Rizzoli Editore, 1976); Carl Goldstein, Visual Fact over Verbal Fiction. A Study of the Carracci and the Criticism, Theory, & Practice of Art in Renaissance & Baroque Italy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1990);  Diane De Grazia, Corregio and His Legacy: Sixteenth-Century Emilian Drawings (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1984); Donald Posner, Annibale Carracci: A Study in the Reform of Italian Painting around 1590, 2 v ols. (NY: Phaidon, 1971); Clare Robertson and Catherine Whistler, Drawings by the Carracci from British Collections (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1996); R. Wittkower, The Drawings of the Carracci in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor Castle (London: Phaidon Press, 1952)
Annibale Carracci (Italian, 1560-1609), attributed, Apollo giving ass's ears to King Midas for prederring Pan's music to that of Apollo in a singing contest. Pen and brown ink and pencil on cream laid paper, c. 1603-1604. Annibale did drawings of Pan c. 1597-98 (National Gallery 2000 n. 49), and a number of other drawings of Apollo c. 1603-1604 for the Farnese Gallery in Rome. Image size: 270x335mm. Price: SOLD.
These two drawings are based upon an engraving by Aegidius Sadeler after Jacopo Palma il Giovane (Venice, 1548-1628), Torturer. Red chalk on heavy cream laid paper, c. 1580. A man, is tugging on a rope in his right hand, apparently increasing the tension. In the accompanying drawing, we see that the object of the tightening is St. Sebastian, tied to a tree and bound by the same rope. The drawing itself has been attributed to Annibale Carracci on the basis of style. Image size: 208x132mm. Sold only as a pair: $20,000.
These two drawings are based upon an engraving by Aegidius Sadeler after Jacopo Palma il Giovane (Venice, 1548-1628),AFTER, St. Sebastian. Red chalk on heavy cream laid paper, c. 1580. In this drawing, we see St. Sebastian, bound by the same rope the torturer was using. The drawing itself has been attributed to Annibale Carracci on the basis of style. Image size: 208x132mm. Sold only as a pair: $20,000.
These two drawings are based upon an engraving by Aegidius Sadeler after Jacopo Palma il Giovane (Venice, 1548-1628),AFTER, St. Sebastian. Red chalk on heavy cream laid paper, c. 1580. In this drawing, we see St. Sebastian, grimacing, bound by the same rope the executioner was using. The drawing itself has been attributed to Annibale Carracci on the basis of style. Image size: 208x132mm. Sold only as a pair: $20,000.
These two drawings are based upon an engraving by Aegidius Sadeler after Jacopo Palma il Giovane (Venice, 1548-1628), Executioner. Red chalk on heavy cream laid paper, c. 1580. A man, is tugging on a rope in his right hand, apparently binding someone. In the accompanying drawing, we see St. Sebastian, tied to a tree and bound by the same rope. The drawing itself has been attributed to Annibale Carracci. Image size: 208x138mm. Sold only as a pair: $20,000.

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