Caracci (or Carracci), Agostino

Caracci (Or Carracci), Agostino, an Italian painter and very eminent engraver, the cousin of Lodovico, and the elder brother of Annibale, was born at Bologna, Aug. 16,1557. He became a pupil successively of Fontana and Passerotti; then visited Rome and studied the works of Correggio and Parmiggiano. He afterwards went to Venice, where he distinguished himself as an engraver. He painted his celebrated picture of The Communion of St. Jerome for the Certosa at Bologna, and it is now in the gallery of the Louvre at Paris. He also painted an admirable pictures of The Assumption of the Virgin, in the Church of San Salvatore at Bologna. His paintings are very numerous; the following are some of the other noted ones: Jacob Watering the Flocks of Rachel; Eve Giving the Apple to Adam; The Good Samaritan; The Resurrection; The Virgin and Infant Giving the Keys to St. Peter. -He died at Parma in 1601 or 1605. See Spooner, Biog. Hist. of the Fine Arts, s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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