Chiaroscuro - Renaissance Woodcuts Hardback

Chiaroscuro - Renaissance Woodcuts Hardback


During the sixteenth century a revolutionary printing process was developed in Northern Europe - Chiaroscuro. This catalogue, accompanying the current exhibition in the Sackler Gallery at the Royal Academy of Arts, documents the history of this fascinating technique.

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The chiaroscuro woodcut was developed in Germany in the early 16th century. By printing from one or more colour blocks in addition to the customary line block, artists found that they could create a dramatic interplay of light and shade - chiaroscuro, the word that came to define the genre. They used its painterly qualities to create both independent works of art and reproductions of drawings and paintings by others.
This handsome publication brings together more than 130 chairoscuro woodcuts from Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, documenting the fascinating history of the technique during its golden age. It is lavishly illustrated with some of the rarest and finest woodcuts from the collections of the painter Georg Baselitz and the Albertina museum of prints and drawings in Vienna, inclkuding masterpieces by such well-known artists as Lucas Cranach the Elder and the undisupted Italian master of the genre Ugo da Carpi.
  • Dimensions - 28.5 x 24cm
  • Material - N/A
  • SKU - 02081555
  • ISBN - 978190753631

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A very insightful book and a good memento of the exhibition.

Review by Markus



I really enjoyed the Chiaroscuro exhibition and am so glad I am able to purchase this memento. The images in the book are well-sized and provide just enough detail and the accompanying text gives plenty of insight into the pieces and Chiaroscuro's methods. A very well put together book and well worth the money if you are an admirer of Chiaroscuro's work.

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