Bust of Sleeping Cupid

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut from two blocks in grayish-green and black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut from two blocks in grayish-green and black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1627/53

Artist:

Bartolomeo Coriolano (Italian, c. 1599-c. 1676)
after Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642)

About this artwork

In chiaroscuro woodcutting, lines stand in relief, printed in different colors and shades. Several printing blocks are used so that the forms seem strongly modeled, with striking contrasts of light and dark. Bartolomeo Coriolano used the medium to transform Guido Reni’s delicately slumbering cupid into a monumental figure with strong diagonal accents in his bow and wings.

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Artist

Bartolomeo Coriolano

Title

Bust of Sleeping Cupid

Origin

Italy

Date

1627–1653

Medium

Chiaroscuro woodcut from two blocks in grayish-green and black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

298 x 378 mm (image); 302 x 380 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Katharine Shea Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1997.416

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