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Check Out “The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy” at the National Gallery of Art

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From now until January, the ground floor of the west building at the National Gallery of Art will be occupied by an arresting special exhibit. The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy, based on impressions from collections in the United States and Great Britain, showcases one of the most vital artforms of the twentieth century. 

The color prints in this collection, mostly drawn from 16th century Italy, were produced by craftsmen creating a series of cut wood blocks that would be inked and painted. Through a series of impressions, these blocks could re-create Renaissance masterpieces by artists like Raphael and Titian. The exhibit also highlights new research on the design, creation, and execution of this influential printmaking technology. The collection was directed by Los Angles County Museum of Art curator Naoko Takahatake, and is coordinated by the National Gallery’s Jonathan Bober. As always, admission to the gallery is free, and no special passes are required for this show.

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