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Dec. 21, 2021

s2e9 History of Prints The Italians (Mantegna)

s2e9 History of Prints The Italians (Mantegna)

Tru Ludwig makes the case for the importance of Andrea Mantegna. Italian chiaroscuro woodcuts are discussed with an eye to comparing them to those produced in the North.


In series 2 episode 9, co-hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig continue their conversation about early Italian printmaking with a strong focus on the engravings of Andrea Mantegna. They also talk about chiaroscuro woodcuts, always keeping the North within eyesight.

Images discussed are below along with their credit/institution.

Episode image credit: Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). The Entombment, 1465-75. Engraving. Sheet (trimmed within plate): 229 x 439 mm. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago.

 


Lucas Cranach the Elder (Germany, 1472-1553). Saint Christopher, c. 1509. Chiaroscuro woodcut printed in black and red-brown. Image: 11 x 7 1/2 in. (279 x 191 mm.). Minneapolis Institute of Arts.


Ugo da Carpi (Italian, c. 1470-1532), after Titian (Italian, 1489/90-1576). St Jerome in the desert seated facing left, c.1516. Chiaroscuro woodcut printed in two greens and black. Sheet: 156 x 95 mm. British Museum, London.


Ugo da Carpi (Italian, c. 1470-1532), after Parmigianino (Italian, 1503-1540). Diogenes, c. 1527-30. Chiaroscuro woodcut printed from four blocks in gray-green. Image: 18 11/16 x 13 5/8 in. (475 x 346 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 


Antonio Pollaiuolo (Italian, c. 1432-1498). Battle of the Ten Nude Men, c. 1490. Engraving. Sheet (trimmed within platemark): 384 x 589 mm. (15 1/8 x 23 3/16 in.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 


Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). Camera degli Sposi, Gonzaga Ducal Palace, Mantua, Italy. 


Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). The Entombment, 1465-75. Engraving. Sheet (trimmed within plate): 229 x 439 mm. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago. 


Ara Pacis Augustae, 13 BCE. Rome.


Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). Risen Christ between Saints Andrew and Longinus, c. 1470/75. Engraving. Sheet: 329 x 306 mm. (12 15/16 x 12 1/16 in.). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Reconstructed image of Andrea Mantegna's fresco for the Ovetari Chapel, Erimitari Church, Padua. The Church was destroyed in WWII.

Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). Bacchanal with Silenus, before 1475. Engraving with drypoint. Sheet: 12 in. × 17 1/4 in. (305 × 438 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 


Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). Bacchanal with a Wine Vat, c. 1470-90. Engraving and drypoint. Sheet: 11 3/4 x 17 3/16 in. (299 x 437 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 


Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528). The Fall of Man or Adam and Eve, 1504. Engraving. 25.1 x 20 cm (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). Battle of the Sea Gods, 1470s. Engraving and drypoint. Sheet: 340 x 451 mm. (13 ¼ x 17 ¾ in.). Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis.


Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). St Sebastian, c. 1506. Tempera on canvas. 213 x 95 cm. Galleria Franchetti, Ca' d'Oro, Venice. 


Johannes de Ketham, author. Fasciculus Medicinae, Venice: 1491. Bound volume with woodcut illustrations. 


Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). Lamentation over the Dead Christ, c. 1483. Tempera on canvas. 680 x 810 mm. Pinacoteca di Brera, Italy.


Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528). The Virgin with the Swaddled Child, 1520. Engraving. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 142 × 906 mm. (5 9/16 × 3 3/4 in.). Yale University Art Museum, New Haven. 


Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431-1506). The Virgin and Child, c. 1480-85. Engraving. Plate (trimmed within platemark): 8 1/8 x 8 3/16 in. (206 x 208 mm.); sheet: 10 5/16 x 9 3/16 in. (262 x 233 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528). St. Jerome, 1492. Woodcut. 190 x 133 mm. Kupferstichkabinett, Offentliche Kunstsammlung, Basel.


Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528). St. Jerome in His Study, 1514. Engraving. Sheet (trimmed to platemark): 9 11/16 x 7 7/16 in. (246 x 189 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

 

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Series one co-host: Ben Levy
Series two co-host: Tru Ludwig
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