The Ecstasy of Saint Catherine (oil on canvas), Carracci, Agostino (1557-1602) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / The Bridgeman Art Library
Agostino Carracci (1557 – 1602) was an outstanding Italian Baroque artist who first gained fame for immaculate engravings. Carracci left a tailoring career to pursue art, creating lifelike works that were in direct opposition to the current Mannerist trend of distorting space and the human body. Carracci’s anatomical drawings were so accurate, they were used in schools for 200 years after his death. Along with his talented brother and cousin, Carracci founded an art academy, and collaborated with his brother on the intricate Farnese Palace gallery ceiling, which strongly influenced future painters.