3: Chiaroscuro

The term ‘Chiaroscuro’ derives from the Italian words ‘chiara’ – light, and ‘oscuro’ – shadow.

In printmaking chiaroscuro effects can be created in most techniques, notably:

Project 3.1 A chiaroscuro print: Leo

Assignment 3 Chiaroscuro Still Life: Mushrooms


Bikker, J. & Weber, G. J. M., (2015) Rembrandt: The Late Works, London: National Gallery.

Guse, E.-G. & Morat, F. A., (2008) Georgio Morandi: paintings, watercolours, drawings, etchings, Munich, Berlin, London, New York: Prestel.

Hauptman, J., (2016) Degas: A Strange New Beauty, New York: MoMA.

Jover, M., (2007) Caravaggio, Paris: Editions Terrail/Edigroup.

Lambert, G., (2007) Caravaggio, Koln: Taschen.

Royalton-Kisch, M., (2006) Rembrandt as Printmaker, London: Hayward Gallery Touring.

Treves, L., (2016) Beyond Caravaggio, London: National Gallery.

Exhibitions and Galleries

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Rembrandt Etchings permanent collection

British Museum

Recent acquisitions two sets of Picasso linocuts (10 January – 6 May 2014)

Courtauld Gallery

The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso (13 October 2011 to 15 January 2012)

National Gallery

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White (1 November 2017 – 18  February  2018)  Rembrandt, Picasso, and Gerhard Richter

Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell (20 September 2017 – 7 May 2018)

Beyond Caravaggio  (12 October 2016 – 15 January 2017)

Rembrandt: The Late Works: (15 October 2014 to 18 January 2015)