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The Drawings of Annibale Carracci

Daniele Benati, Diane De Grazia, Gail Feigenbaum, Kate Ganz, Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Catherine Loisel Legrand, and Carel van Tuyll van Serooskerken
Published 1999
304 pages

Prized by collectors and connoisseurs even in his own time, Bolognese artist Annibale Carracci’s drawings are now well known only to a relatively small but highly appreciative audience. Born in a time when the elegant deformations and exaggerations of Italian mannerism were still in vogue, Annibale—together with his brother Agostino and cousin Ludovico—turned instead to nature and reality as his principal inspirations. At times the styles and works of these three artists were so intermingled that their hands became virtually indistinguishable, and scholars have been struggling with the resulting attribution problems ever since. Here, for the first time, Annibale is presented on his own in the hope that seeing his works in isolation will help clarify the true shape of his oeuvre and introduce the artist to a wider public as one of the world’s finest draftsmen.

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