Art FocusRenaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro woodcuts

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Discover the beautiful art of Chiaroscuro woodcuts as The Royal Academy of Arts present works from two of the finest collections in the world:

from 15 March—8 June 2014 the woodcuts from the collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna will be shown in The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House.

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.

The Royal Academy of Arts has 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.

For further information and booking visit  the homepage of The Royal Academy of Arts

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