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The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy
October 14, 2018 – January 20, 2019
West Building, Ground Floor

Ugo da Carpi after Parmigianino, Diogenes, c. 1527, chiaroscuro woodcut printed from four blocks: brown line block and three tone blocks in brown and green on laid paper, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Pepita Milmore Memorial Fund

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