Andreani's Chiaroscuro Woodcuts

Andreani Andreani was born in Mantua, Italy in 1540 and died in Rome in 1623. Although not as well known as the masters he borrowed his imagery from, Andreani was none the less a talented craftsman of the chiaroscuro woodcut method. Working from roughly 1584-1610, his detailed prints often included multiple registrations (layers) and were some of the first in Italy to be printed in color. As was common for many printmakers in this time, his works were generally copies of masters like Durer or Titian. In this case he borrowed from Bartolomeo Coriolano lahno for the first print, Virgin and the Child with St. John. Coriolano was an Italian painter and printmaker who was a contemporary of Andreani's.



Name: Virgin and the Child with St. John | Date of Print: Original Print 1609, This Impression 1799 | Type of Print: Chiaroscuro Woodcut | Artist: Andrea Andreani | Nationality: Italian | Artist Life Span: 1585-1608

Andreani crafted the second print, Virgin and the Child with Saints after a painting by Parmigiano, Italian painter and printmaker.



Name: Virgin and the Child with Saints | Date of Print: 1607 | Type of Print: Chiaroscuro Woodcut | Artist: Andrea Andreani | Nationality: Italian | Artist Life Span: 1585-1608