Annibale, with Ludovico (1555-1619) and Agostino Carracci (1557-1602), established the Accademia degli Incamminati en 1582. This was an academy in which proportions, anatomy, perspective and architecture were studied. In addition, the academy was an important center in which philosophic and literary matters were discussed. A great number of painters are formed in this place, and some of them will be the more brilliant masters of the 17th Century.
The most representative Annibale´s masterpieces belong to the roman limit. Annibale Carracci is considered like an eclectic painter. His first genre pictures are influenced by flemish painters. Later, Carracci fixed his eyes in great masters of the past: Corregio and Rafael, but he put the naturalistic tone so typical in Baroque. He painted several frescos in different palaces. The influence of Mannierism is very evident in these frescos. Mythology, Religion and Nature are recreated by a brilliant and clear light and colour.
If we understand Caravaggio like the most important tenebrism painter, we have to understand Annibale Carracci like the most classical figure of Baroque.
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