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LOVE THE CONQUEROR OF PAN.
Agostino Caracci, the most learned among the members of that illustrious family, has wished here to make known the power of Love over all beings; and if he has more particularly represented the God of the shepherds, it is because his name, Pan, means All. The attitude of the god indicates that he is subdued by Love, and the look which Cupid throws towards the two nymphs, before whom this scene takes place, shows that if Love is the conqueror, it is beauty, that constitutes his strength.
It would be difficult to find a more poetical and more graceful composition: the group of Love and the god Pan is of a delicacy and simplicity quite remarkable that of the two nymphs is full of freshness. The tone of the carnations is in the softest manner and presents an agreeable contrast with the severe tone that reigns in the landscape. This picture has been for a long time in the Palazzo Magnani at Bologna. Agostino Caracci engraved it himeelf in 1599, and put to it the motto, Omnia vincit amor.
Width, 25 inches; height, 13 inches.