Renaissance Prints: Mantegna, Marcantonio and Parmigianino
8 Jul 2016 – 22 Jan 2017
This fantastic collection of engravings by Italian Renaissance artists focuses on three significant figures: Andrea Mantegna, Marcantonio Raimondi and Parmigianino.
When printing technology moved from Germany to Italy it bloomed due to the manufacture of paper becoming widespread. Prints helped painters’ workshops earn additional money while the more revolutionary artists bought the best prints as figure illustrations or to remind them of the best craftsmanship in the new art form.
Marcantonio, who crafted prints in Rome about 50 years later, used engraving in a sculptural manner. By the beginning of the 16th century, in 1516, the engraving business was booming and ended up attracting Agostino Veneziano and Marco da Ravenna, two engravers hailing from the north of Italy.
Through looking at examples of the three artists' finest prints, one can observe the changes that happened in how artists made and used prints between 1460-1540.