(b Bologna, 15 Aug 1557; d Parma, 22 March 1602).
Painter, engraver and
draughtsman, cousin of Ludovico Carracci. He abandoned his
profession as a tailor, which was also that of his father,
Antonio, and began training as a painter. According to
Faberi, he studied first in the workshop of the painter
Prospero Fontana (like Ludovico), then trained under the
engraver and architect Domenico Tibaldi and under the
sculptor Alessandro Menganti (1531–c. 1594). However, it is
likely that Faberi’s account was influenced by his desire to
present Agostino’s career as an example of the versatile
‘cursus studiorum’ advocated by the Accademia degli
Incamminati. Other sources (Mancini, Malvasia, Bellori)
agree that it was his cousin Ludovico who was responsible
for directing him towards painting. Only recently has it
been assumed that he was a pupil of Bartolomeo Passarotti.