Ugo da Carpi, after Parmigianino Diogenes c. 1527

Chiaroscuro woodcut printed from four blocks, the tone blocks in green and blue 47.8 x 34.3 cm Albertina, Vienna. Photo Albertina, Vienna. Organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Albertina, Vienna.

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Chiaroscuro woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna

15 March — 08 June 2014

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Discover the lost art of Chiaroscuro woodcuts - pioneering 16th-century prints based on the exquisite designs of the Renaissance masters.

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Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm


15 March — 08 June

The Sackler Wing, Burlington House

£10. Concessions available. Friends of the RA go free.

Discover the beautiful art of Chiaroscuro woodcuts as we present works from two of the finest collections in the world. Conceived as independent works or based on the designs of the greatest Renaissance artists such as Parmigianino, Raphael and Titian, you will see how this pioneering 16th-century printing technique breathed new life into well-known biblical scenes and legends; from Perseus slaying the Medusa to Aeneas Fleeing Troy, and the Miraculous Draught of Fishes. We have brought together 150 of the rarest and most exquisite examples of this forgotten art form. With a focus on the craftsmanship of its proponents in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, you will see how the chiaroscuro method was used to create the first colour prints that make dramatic use of light and dark. Created by established artists for a wider public, they were collected and appreciated both as mementos of famous works in other media and in their own right for their sheer technical brilliance and visual power.