The Sibyl and a Child Bearing a Torch

A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in black and ochre on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of chiaroscuro woodcut in black and ochre on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1510/30

Artist:

Ugo da Carpi (Italian, c. 1480-after 1535)
after Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (Italian, 1483-1520)

About this artwork

The luminous Sibyl and a Child Bearing a Torch is one of Ugo da Carpi’s most popular designs, existing in numerous versions and copies. Indeed, Ugo may have had it in mind when he petitioned the Venetian Senate in 1516 to grant him patent protection for all the designs he had produced using the chiaroscuro woodcut medium, even though most of these were in fact copies after other artists. He even claimed to have invented the process of chiaroscuro woodcuts, despite its practice among German artists Lucas Cranach and Hans Burgkmair earlier in the century.

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Artist

Ugo da Carpi

Title

The Sibyl and a Child Bearing a Torch

Origin

Italy

Date

1500–1540

Medium

Chiaroscuro woodcut in black and ochre on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

276 x 219 mm

Credit Line

Print and Drawing Club Fund

Reference Number

1958.559

Extended information about this artwork

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