CARRACCI, Lodovico
(b. 1555, Bologna, d. 1619, Bologna)


c. 1585
Oil on canvas
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna

Lodovico was an ambitious artist, but unlike Annibale he worked in a local setting that satisfied him and that rapidly recognized him as its leader, at his cousin's expense. Starting with the Annunciation, Lodovico perfected his style. Less resolute than Annibale in rejecting every Mannerist memory, he was carefully selective; evocations of Parmigianino, Niccolò dell'Abate and Pellegrino Tibaldi were revisited in a naturalistic vein, and used to imbue the compositions with a restless but emotionally enthralling tone.