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Annibale Carracci (Bologna 1560-Rome 1609)

Head of a Man in Profile c. 1588-95

RCIN 405471

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This vivid head is exactly the type of study from everyday life practised so passionately by the Carracci during their early years in Bologna. Its direct spontaneity and broad open brushwork were in deliberate contrast to the dry, ‘statuesque’ style of the previous generation of Mannerist painters.