Chiaroscuro woodcuts from the collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna, which have never seen together in one exhibition before.

Over 100 works illustrate the revolutionary, yet short-lived Chiaroscuro printing technique, which involved supplementing the black line block with one or several colour tone blocks to create strong contrasts between light and dark.

The prints, which were based on designs by great Renaissance artists such as Parmigianino, Raphael and Titian, were envisaged as a way of making important works available to a wider public. But Chiaroscuro found its own popularity, breathing new life to well-known biblical scenes and legends, such as from Perseus slaying the Medusa or Aeneas Fleeing Troy.

Included in the exhibition are works by the German artists Hans Burgkmaier and Lucas Cranach, believed to have pioneered the technique in 1508, as well as examples by their European contemporaries from France, Italy and the Netherlands.

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