Chiaroscuro woodcuts—color prints made from the successive printing of multiple blocks—flourished in 16th-century Italy, interpreting designs by leading masters such as Raphael, Parmigianino, and Titian, while boasting extraordinary craft and their own, often striking palette. However, they remain among the least understood phenomena: exactly how were chiaroscuros created, in what sequence were they printed, and why? Based upon the most beautiful impressions in American and British collections, extensive new research, and far-reaching interpretations, this exhibition explains the chiaroscuro woodcut as an essential phenomenon, and one of the most beautiful, in the history of printmaking.
The exhibition is coordinated in Washington by Jonathan Bober, Andrew W. Mellon senior curator of prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art.
Organization: Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington
Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required
Other venues: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, May 15–September 16, 2018