Sibyl Reading with a Child Holding a Torch

Sibyl Reading with a Child Holding a Torch

1518-27

Ugo da Carpi

(Italian, c. 1479-c. 1532)

Chiaroscuro woodcut

Sheet: 27.5 x 22.6 cm (10 13/16 x 8 7/8 in.); Platemark: 26.8 x 21.8 cm (10 9/16 x 8 9/16 in.)

Delia E. Holden Fund 1979.93

Catalogue raisonné: Bartsch 6

Description

As the innovator of the chiaroscuro process in Italy, Ugo's greatest achievement was the use of three and four tone blocks to simulate the subtleties of Raphael's ink wash drawings. Using woodcut, he duplicated the powerful contours, simplified forms, and spontaneous appearance of the Italian master's graphics.

The design for Sibyl Reading has been traditionally ascribed to Raphael based on the several sibylline figures (one of whom is accompanied by a putto holding a torch) in the master's decorations for the Capella Chigi, Santa Maria della Pace, Rome (1511-14)-though there is no direct correspondence.

See also
Collection: 
PR - Chiaroscuro
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Credit line: 
Delia E. Holden Fund

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