Baroque and Rococo

 

Baroque and Rococo Art Map






Ludovico Carracci



 

 
Ludovico [Lodovico] Carracci

(b Bologna, bapt 19 April 1555; d Bologna, 13 or 14 Nov 1619).

Painter, draughtsman and etcher. His father, Vincenzo Carracci, was a butcher, whose profession may be alluded to in Ludovico’s nickname ‘il Bue’ (It.: ‘the Ox’), though this might also be a reference to the artist’s own slowness. Ludovico’s style was less classical than that of his younger cousins Agostino and Annibale, perhaps because of a mystical turn of mind that gave his figures a sense of other-worldliness. Like his cousins, he espoused the direct study of nature, especially through figure drawing, and was inspired by the paintings of Correggio and the Venetians. However, there survives in his work, more than in that of his cousins, a residue of the Mannerist style that had dominated Bolognese painting for most of the mid-16th century. Ludovico maintained a balance between this Mannerist matrix, his innate religious piety and the naturalism of the work of his cousins. With the exception of some travels during his training and a brief visit to Rome in 1602, Ludovico’s career was spent almost entirely in Bologna. In the first two decades of the 17th century he lost touch with the activities of his more up-to-date Bolognese compatriots—contemporaries and pupils alike—who were then active in Rome, including his cousin Annibale. Ludovico’s later work became overblown and eccentric. This curious ‘gigantism’ was first evidenced in paintings of the late 1590s, but the tendency seems to have been reinforced by the monumental classicism of Annibale’s ceiling of the Galleria Farnese in the Palazzo Farnese, Rome, which Ludovico saw on his visit in 1602. In spite of his isolation in Bologna, Ludovico strongly influenced the subsequent development of painting in his native city and elsewhere, especially through his pupils, who included Guido Reni, Giacomo Cavedone, Francesco Albani, Domenichino and Alessandro Algardi.

 

 


The Dream of Saint Catherine of Alexandria

c. 1593
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington

 


The Dream of Saint Catherine of Alexandria
(detail)
c. 1593
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington

 

 


Bargellini Madonna

1588
Oil on canvas, 282 x 188 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna
 

 


Lamentation


 

Le Mariage de la Vierge
Londres, National Gallery


 

The Martyrdom of St Margaret

1616
Oil on canvas
Cappella di Santa Margherita, S. Maurizio, Mantua



 

An Angel Frees the Souls of Purgatory

c. 1610
Oil on canvas, 44 x 51 cm
Pinacoteca, Vatican



 

The Trinity with the Dead Christ

c. 1590
Oil on canvas, 173 x 127 cm
Pinacoteca, Vatican



 

The Virgin Appearing to St Hyacinth

1594
Oil on canvas, 375 x 223 cm
Musee du Louvre, Paris



 

Susannah and the Elders

1616


 


St Sebastian Thrown into the Cloaca Maxima
1612
J. Paul Getty Museum


 

St Cecilia
1607


 

Annunciazione
1585
Bologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale


 


The Stories of Jason
(detail)
1584
Fresco
Palazzo Fava, Bologna


 


Conversion of Saint Paul
1587

 

Discuss Art

Please note: site admin does not answer any questions. This is our readers discussion only.

 
| privacy