Highlighting works on paper from the Museum's collection, Master Printmakers features works in various media—engraving, woodcut, and etching—from a "golden age" in the history of Italian art. The exhibition will include works by Marcantonio Raimondi, Jacopo de'Barbari, Domenico Beccafumi and other sixteenth century artists whose mythological, religious, and allegorical images express the cultural and aesthetic ideals of the High Renaissance.
Printmakers, as this show reveals, are both artists in their own right and graphic historians who keep alive the inventions of major artists of earlier periods. Featured here are prints after pictorial inventions by Raphael, Primaticcio, Barocci, Tintoretto, and Titian. Prints not only disseminated widely the ideas of the great masters, they also captured in diverse media the pictorial qualities of such masterworks.