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Title

The Virgin and Child

1591


Artists

Andrea Andreani

Italy

1558-1559 - 1629

after Alessandro Casolani

Italy

1552 - 1606


About

The Italian word chiaroscuro, which refers to contrasts of light and dark in a work of art, came to be applied from the early 16th century to woodcuts in which figures were delineated in dark ink on a coloured background with uninked white areas providing the highlights. This print was done from an original wash drawing by Casolani, made especially for reproduction by this method. The printmaker used three different blocks (black, light brown, dark brown) which were printed one on top of the other.

Peter Raissis, Prints & drawings Europe 1500–1900, 2014


Details


Date

1591


Media category

Print


Materials used

chiaroscuro woodcut


Dimensions

30.5 x 20.5 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1986


Location

Not on display


Accession number

181.1986


Artist information

Andrea Andreani

Works in the collection

1

Artist information

after Alessandro Casolani

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Nicholas Draffin, Piety and Paganism, Sydney, 1991, 6. no catalogue numbers

Bruce James, The Sydney Morning Herald, 'How Great Thou Art', pg. 12, Sydney, 29 Aug 1998, 12s. Appearing in the Sprectrum Arts section.

Peter Raissis, Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian old master prints from the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1998, cover (colour illus.), 3, 8. no catalogue numbers