Saint Mark Saving a Slave from Torture, from Opera Selectiora

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut printed in buff, warm gray, brown, and dark brown on off-white paper.
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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut printed in buff, warm gray, brown, and dark brown on off-white paper.

Date:

1745

Artist:

John Baptist Jackson (English, 1701-1780)
after Jacopo Robusti, called Tintoretto (Italian, 1519-1594)

About this artwork

The British expatriate artist and wallpaper maker John Baptist Jackson took it upon himself to revive the art of chiaroscuro woodcut carving, which he believed had declined since its heyday in the 16th century. He published a monumental portfolio of complex color woodblock prints after 17 Italian Renaissance paintings in 1745, including several in multiple-sheet diptychs and triptychs. Each includes at least four blocks in a variety of overlapping browns and grays. The prints comes from a book, the Opera Selectoria (Select Works), which he printed in Venice. The Art Institute’s Ryerson Library possesses a complete copy.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 213

Artist

John Baptist Jackson

Title

Saint Mark Saving a Slave from Torture, from Opera Selectiora, Miracle of Saint Mark

Origin

England

Date

1740–1750

Medium

Chiaroscuro woodcut printed in buff, warm gray, brown, and dark brown on off-white paper

Dimensions

566 × 445 mm (image/block); 622 × 464 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Prints and Drawings Purchase Fund

Reference Number

1955.1034

Extended information about this artwork

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