Agostino Carracci

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Agostino Carracci (1557 – 1602) was an Italian painter and printmaker. He was the brother of the more famous Annibale Carracci and cousin of Lodovico Carracci. Along with his brothers he was one of the founders of the Accademia degli Incamminati which helped propel painters of the School of Bologna to prominence.

Agostino Carracci is the creator of a famous set of erotic engravings that illustrate a wide variety of sexual techniques and positions. See “I Modi” on Wikipedia for more information and images.

In c. 1590-1595 Agostino Carracci created a set of erotic prints known as the “Lascivie”. These contain spanking art, as follows:

  • Vênus punindo Eros (English titles: Venus Punishing Profane LoveVenus Chastising Cupid), a burin engraving in which Venus birches Eros who is naked, blindfolded and horsed for his punishment by another boy (or erote).
  • “Satyr Whipping a Nymph”, also known as “Satyr flogging a Nymph”.
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