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The Large Crucifixion

Agostino Carracci, along with his brother Annibale and cousin Ludovico, opened the Accademia degli Incamminati in Bologna around 1582. Their art school advocated a return to a classical tradition, as opposed to the exaggerated aesthetic of Mannerism. It became the most influential academy of its kind in Italy and set the standard for the Baroque period. Agostino dedicated himself to printmaking early in his career and produced numerous reproductive engravings after the great masters of the sixteenth century. This print recreates Jacopo Tintoretto’s 1565 painting Crucifixion in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice. Agostino’s large print proved extremely popular and it was said that Tintoretto himself thought it equal to the original in spite of its monochromatic palette.

Agostino Carracci
Italian, 1557–1602
after Jacopo Tintoretto
Italian, 1519–1594
The Large Crucifixion
Engraving on paper
Image/sheet: 47 3/4 x 20 ¾ in. (121.3 x 52.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 81.39