Agostino Carracci’s work looks operatic. Some of it almost pornographic. In scenes the women are as broad shouldered as men. His work could appear on the walls of churches as well as brothels.
He posited the ideal in nature, and was the founder of the competing school to the more gritty view of nature as expressed by Caravaggio. He was one of the founders of the Accademia degli Incamminati along with his brother, Annibale Carracci, and cousin, Ludovico Carracci. The academy helped propel painters of the School of Bologna to prominence.