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Abnoos Caricature Blog — Caricature

What is The Origin and History Of Caricatures?

What is The Origin and History Of Caricatures?

The word caricature comes from the Italian words carico and caricare, meaning 'to load' or to 'exaggerate'. In the 1590s the Italian Annibale Carracci (and his brother Agostino) applied these words to some exaggerated portrait sketches they created. The descriptions they left, mention that the images were meant for humor to mock their own artistic theories which they taught at the Bologna Academy. Today we might wonder why it took so long for caricature to become a recognized form of art. Yet, it needs to be remembered that for hundreds of years artists strived to create perfect natural representational art,...