David Slaying Goliath, c. 1518

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Sixteenth-century collectors had a passion for the freshness and spontaneity of drawings. To capitalize on these tastes, Ugo da Carpi pioneered the chiaroscuro woodcut in Italy. In this method, multiple blocks are cut and inked with different colors so the resulting print resembles a pen-and-ink sketch. Ugo's subject, based on a design by Raphael in the Vatican, shows young David's triumph over Goliath, to the dismay of the fleeing Philistines. Renowned for his technical virtuosity, Ugo set a trend with his chiaroscuro woodcuts, which would captivate European connoisseurs for centuries.

Details
Title
David Slaying Goliath
Artist Life
c. 1479–1532
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.10,881
Provenance
K. E. Hasse (Lugt 860) Collector's monogram on back; Frederick Keppel; Kennedy Galleries, 1924
Catalogue Raisonne
Bartsch 8 i/iii
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