The Virgin and Child
1558-1559 - 1629
after Alessandro Casolani
1552 - 1606
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
30.5 x 20.5 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Piety and Paganism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Jul 1991–29 Sep 1991
Mantegna to Piranesi - Italian Old Master Prints from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Jun 1998–20 Sep 1998
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006
European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014
Referenced in 3 publications
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