Agostino Carracci studied painting, first with Fontana, who had been Lodovico's Carracci master, and later with Passerotti.
During the late 1570s, Agostino Carracci worked as a reproductive engraver, copying paintings by 16th century masters including Federico Barocci (1526 - 1612), Paolo Veronese (1528 - 1588), Tintoretto (1518 - 1594), Antonio Campi (1522 - 1587), and Correggio (1489 - 1534). In this time, he was greatly influenced by the Dutch-born engraver and draughtsman Cornelis Cort (1533 - 1578).
He visited Venice (1582, 1587 - 1589) and Parma (1586 – 1587). During this period he worked alongside Annibale and Ludovico on the fresco cycles at Palazzo Fava and Palazzo Magnani, in Bologna. These mural paintings included the Histories of Jason and Medea (1584) and the Histories of Romulus (1590 - 1592), respectively. He also completed his altarpiece of the "Madonna with Child and Saints".
In 1589 Agostino and his brother Annibale returned to Bologna and - in partnership with Lodovico - started the "Academy degli Desiderosi" (later renamed "Academia degli Incamminati" - Academy of the Progressives), to champion figure drawing using live models and to discuss the latest issues of art and design. It was this academy that formed the nucleus of the Bolognese School. Agostino himself combined teaching with painting.
In 1598, Agostino joined his brother Annibale in Rome, to fresco the Gallery of the Farnese Palace, whose ceiling was judged by many art critics to be one of the real masterpieces of painting, ranking alongside the Sistine Chapel frescoes and the Raphael Rooms in the Vatican.
In the latter years Agostino left Annibale to serve as court painter for Ranuccio Farnese in Parma. He died there without completing his own major endeavour in fresco, the decoration of a room in the Palazzo del Giardino.
Messalina in Lisisica's booth
The Last Communion of St. Jerome1592
Studies of the Carracci Figure
Mars and Venus
Self-Portrait of Agostino Carracci
Polyenos and Chrisis
Bachus and Ariane
The Penitent Magdalen
Religion of Priapus
A Peasant Man, Head And Shoulders, Shouting
Portrait of Annibale, Ludovico and Agostino Carracci
Venus and Mars1600
The satire and his wife
Venus Punishing Profane Love1595
Julie with an athlete
The Satyr and Nymph
Giovanni Gabrielli, 'il Sivello'1599
Paris and Oenone
Portrait of Christine of Lorraine, Grand Duchess of Tuscany1589
Head of a Faun in a Concave1595
Portrait of a Lutenist (Portrait of the musician Orazio Bassani)1586
Ann Parolini Guicciardini1598
Landscape with Bathers1599
The Ecstasy of Saint Catherine1590
Angelica and Medor
Achille and Briseis
St. Agatha, from the episode "Holy Women"1578
Hairy Harry, Mad Peter and Tiny Amon
Portrait of a woman1599
The Holy Family with Sts. Anthony Abbot, Catherine and the Infant St. John
St. Lucia, from the episode "Holy Women"1578
Jupiter and Juno
St. Margaret, from the episode "Holy Women"1578
Italian scientist Ulisse Aldrovandi
Aeneas and Dido
Hercules and Deianira
Neptune dispersing the clouds and calming the tides1590
Alcibiade and Glycere
St. Catherine, from the episode "Holy Women"1578
Ovid and Corine
Antony and Cleopatra
Agostino Carracci had a son, Antonio Marziale Carracci.