Andrea Andreani, Allegory of Virtue (after J. Ligozzi), 1585. Chiaroscuro woodcut; Lent by Kirk Edward Long. L.15.129.2007. Courtesy of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Stanford, California —The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University announces an exhibition on the 16th-century Italian invention of chiaroscuro, the first technology for reproducing images in color. “Chiaroscuro Woodcuts from 16th-Century Italy: Promised Gifts from the Kirk Edward Long Collection” features more than 20 works drawn entirely from Long's collection and is on view from November 3, 2010 to February 27, 2011.
“The exhibition includes many of the most famous examples from the first century of the chiaroscuro technique, tracing the evolution of thematic and compositional styles in 16th-century Italy,” said Bernard Barryte, the Center's curator of European art. “Chiaroscuro Woodcuts” showcases Bartolomeo Coriolano’s monumental “Fall of the Giants,” as well as important works by prominent masters such as Ugo da Carpi, who claimed to have invented the chiaroscuro technique, Parmigianino, a painter who experimented with the technique, Antonio da Trento, and Giuseppe Niccolò Rossigliano, called Vicentino.
Produced by a technique that was both difficult to master and labor intensive, the works on display illustrate the capacity of this hybrid medium to achieve both linear and painterly effects. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to enjoy some of the first examples of color printing created by the Italian masters of this Renaissance technology.
“Chiaroscuro Woodcuts” is made possible by the Lynn Krywick Gibbons Exhibition Fund.
Ugo da Carpi, Italy, c. 1480 - 1532, “David Slaying Goliath”.Chiaroscuro woodcut, 10-1/2 x 15-1/3 inches. Lent by Kirk Edward Long, L.15.120.2007. Courtesy of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Bartolomeo Coriolano, Italy, c. 1599 - 1676, “The Fall of the Giants,” 1647. Chiaroscuro woodcut, 34-1/4 x 24-3/4 inches. Lent by Kirk Edward Long, L.15.62.2007. Courtesy of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Antonio da Trento, Italy, c. 1510 - 1550, “Martyrdom of Saint Peter and Paul,” c. 1525. Chiaroscuro woodcut, 11-3/4 x 19 inches. Lent by Kirk Edward Long, L.15.108.2007. Courtesy of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University