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About This Artwork
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, c. 1520
Chiaroscuro woodcut in black, grayish blue, and bluish green on paper
229 x 342 mm (sheet)
William McCallin McKee Fund, 1945.10
Bartsch 13 I/II, XII (II)
Prints and Drawings
Not on Display
Chiaroscuro woodcut prints were developed to emulate the appearance of pen-and-ink drawings, which featured dark ink washes contrasted against white highlights. Here a middle tone of gray from a single block boldly colors the figures and their cast shadows, with the exposed tone of the paper used for the highlights. Additional black and green inks outline the figures and landscape. The sketched lines in orange completing the boats are later additions by an unknown hand. The print reproduces one of Raphael’s tapestry designs for the Sistine Chapel and was once owned by the collector Jean-Paul Mariette.
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