|Dates||1555 - 1619|
"They studied constantly from nature, not only living bodies but often the dead . . . in order that they could learn the true relaxation that bodies possess. . . . These masters, and their superior manner of painting, were the reason that many youths were . . . dedicating themselves to the same profession," a contemporary wrote about the Accademia degli Incamminati (Academy of the Progressives) that Lodovico Carracci and his cousins founded in Bologna.
Lodovico was older than his cousins, the brothers Annibale and Agostino Carracci, and he may have led the way in their quest to shift painting away from Mannerism's artifice. They trained most of the next generation's major Bolognese painters, including Domenichino and Guercino, to draw from life and to emphasize realistic, solid form. The least