In 1750 The Recueil d’estampes d’apres les plus celeres tableaux de la Galerie Royale de Drede
(The Dresden Gallery ) invited artists from all over Europe to engrave the masterworks from their vast and impressive collection. Volume One of fifty engravings were completed in 1753 and the second in 1757 ( Volume Two). These engravings allow the general public to have the opportunity to admire the great artists of the early 18th century in their own home. Annibale Carracci (1560-1609) was an Italian artist who transformed the direction of Italian painting. Together with his brother Agostino and his cousin Ludoovico, both great artists, they became the vital force in the creation of Baroque style. During the 1580’s the Carracci, as they were known, were painting the most radical and innovative pictures in Europe. They rejected the artificiality of Mannerist painting instead returning to the study of nature which they combined with the study of the great northern Italian painters of the Renaissance, especially Correggio, Titan, and Veronese. this print is in very good condition.