Exhibition: ‘The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy’ at the National Gallery of Art

Rare Renaissance color prints come to the capital


“Martyrdom of Two Saints,” circa 1527–1530, by Antonio da Trento, after Parmigianino. Chiaroscuro woodcut from three blocks in light gray-brown, medium gray-brown, and black, state i/ii, 11 1/2 inches by 19 inches. Gift of Ruth Cole Kainen. (National Gallery of Art)

Some of the rarest prints of the Italian Renaissance have come together for a comprehensive American show. “The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy” presents around 100 prints, from American and British collections, at the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington until Jan. 20, 2019.


The exhibition opened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), organized by its curator of prints and drawings,