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Art Matters: Materials and Methods - Technical Study of Renaissance Chiaroscuro Woodcut

Thursday, February 14, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Mary Craig Auditorium

Naoko Takahatake, Associate Curator, Prints & Drawings, LACMA

In recent decades, interdisciplinary technical study of works of art, pooling the expertise of art historians, conservators, and conservation scientists, has provided valuable new insights into artists’ materials and working methods. Such collaborative research has productively addressed a range of far reaching art historical issues, including questions of authorship, chronology, creative process, and artistic intention. This talk will consider some contributions of technical examination and scientific analysis to our understanding of Renaissance works of art on paper, focusing in particular on research on the chiaroscuro woodcut, a pioneering color printmaking technique.

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