Lascivie (Agostino Carracci)  

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The Lascivie (ca. 1590-1595) is a set of erotic prints by Agostino Carracci (1557-1602).

It features Venus Punishing Profane Love and Satyr flogging a Nymph[1].

The prints rival I Modi in their explicitness.

Michael Bury in The Print in Italy 1550 - 1620 [2] notes the complexity of their genealogy:

It is unclear, however, what exactly the Lascivie were. Were they a series, or were they just a number of different prints with erotic subject matter, which were subsequently given a group name? Baglione wrote of Agostino having composed a small book (libretto; 1642, p.390), and this was to be echoed later by Bellori (Bellori, 1976, p.129). Estimates of the number of prints that might be said to constitute the Lascivie vary. Richard Symonds thought there were 24, for he owned a: 'Booke of 22 pieces of Venus & Cupid & Satyrs etc. want 2 the plumet & the satyr chyavando as large as the paese'. The book formed part of the collection of prints that he acquired in Rome in the years 1650 to 1651. Bellori thought that Agostino's libretto consisted of 16 pieces (Bellori, 1976, p.129). Malvasia seems to have been uncertain about the precise number, writing that there were either 16, or 17 if B.114 (DeGrazia 190) was included (Malvasia, 1841, I,. pp.80-81). DeGrazia's own view (1984, pp.168ff.), largely following Malvasia, is that the group should be regarded as having been composed of B.114 + B.123/36 (her nos 176-190). She does not include B.115 (her no.211) although Malvasia did (I, p.81), and she rejects as Agostino's at all B.112 (her R30). While her total amounts to 15, she expresses doubts about whether Agostino did mean them to form a series (1984, p.169). --Michael Bury[3]

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