Oil on canvas of 50 cm by 37 cm
Beautiful old regency style frame 66 cm by 54 cm
Our painting is a studio reproduction of Annibale Carracci's painting
The Carracci and their art academy Incamminati
Name of two brothers, Agostino [Bologna 1557-Parma 1602] and Annibale [Bologna 1560-Rome 1609], and their cousin Ludovico [Bologna 1555-Bologna 1619], Italian painters, authors of religious paintings, decorators and founders in Bologna the Art Academy of the Incamminati (1585), where G. Reni, F. Albani, Domenichino, Guercino, Lucio Massari, Giovanni Lanfranco, Alessandro Tiarini, Sisto Badalocchio, who later called in Rome, brilliant careers and formed many disciples.
The considerable importance of the Carracci is due both to the form of their teaching, from which the European academic movement springs, and to the orientation they gave for two centuries at least to decorative painting.
The Carracci Academy has been made the place of diffusion of a so-called "eclectic" doctrine, according to which the means of attaining beauty was to take from each of the great masters of the Renaissance what was best.
Our painting is certainly a work of a pupil of Annibale Carracci, perhaps Dominico Zampieri says Le Dominiquin (1681-1641). There are indeed similarities in the colors but especially the head of Saint Anthony which is surprisingly close to that of a jesus on the cross of Zampieri. Note also the recurring influence of Michelangelo at Annibale Carracci and his pupil Zampieri with in the work that interests us this beautiful finger of the angel in the heavens pointing down!