The students of the Carracci were trained to draw directly from the studio model and the world around them. Excellence in draughtsmanship became fundamental to their practice. Within a short time their academy was attracting a host of students, some of whom would forge outstanding careers. Guido Reni, for instance, was one exceptional pupil who became renowned for his delicacy of touch and refinement of colour. He quickly became the leading painter in Rome in the early seventeenth century. Giovanni Lanfranco was another former pupil of the Carracci who would gain an international reputation, whose work was eagerly sought in Spain.
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court Museo del Prado, Madrid