Oil on parchment. 35cm by 23cm.
Annibale Caracci was born in Bologna in 1560 and died in Rome in 1609. In 1582, he opened a studio with his brother Agostino and his cousin Ludovico. They were influenced by both the linear work of the Florentine School and the glimmering colours and softer edges employed by Venetian artists, particularly Titian; a combination which defined the work of the Baroque Bolognese School.
The Carthusian Order derives its name from the Chartreuse Mountains in the French Alps where it was founded by St. Bruno in 1084.