Art: Triumphant Comeback

The most versatile painting family in Italian history was the Carracci of 16th century Bologna, two brothers and a cousin who burst on the post-Renaissance scene as tireless and talented jacks-of-all-styles. Singly or together, they could turn out madonnas with Raphael's angelic sweetness, turbulent figures that writhed in Michelangelesque contortions, landscapes as peaceful as Giorgione's, plus a wealth of portraits, murals, ceiling decorations, caricatures. Their proud boast was that by borrowing from the best of the Renaissance masters they avoided becoming the followers of any one, instead were the equals of all....

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