An image of The Virgin and Child

Andrea Andreani

(Italy 1558-1559 – 1629)

after Alessandro Casolani

(Italy 1552 – 1606)

The Virgin and Child

Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
Further information

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.

Year
1591
Media
Print
Medium
chiaroscuro woodcut
Dimensions
30.5 x 20.5 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1986
Accession number
181.1986