Although highly accomplished as a painter, Agostino Carracci is best known as one of the leading printmakers of his generation. He executed reproductive engravings of exceptional quality after the works of many past and contemporary painters, notably Veronese and Tintoretto, as well as numerous plates of his own invention. Along with his younger brother Annibale and their cousin Ludovico, these three artists were jointly responsible for a far-reaching revitalisation of Italian painting towards the end of the sixteenth century. This was in part effected through the informal academy which they established in Bologna around 1580. Agostino’s career was cut short by his premature death in 1602.