“Darkness into Light” at CAM

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“Darkness into Light”

September 24 – January 1, 2012
at the Cincinnati Art Museum
‘Seventeenth century Dutch painters and printmakers 
sought to depict chiaroscuro and convey atmospheric depth. 
 Although a variety of relief and intaglio techniques existed,
 a nonlinear graphic process that could
 translate painting’s tonal values and
 surface textures had eluded artists, engravers and publishers. 
 Mezzotint is a technique where the artist works from dark to light. 
 It was discovered in 1642 by an amateur, 
Ludwig van Siegen of Utrecht.  Drawn from the Art Museum’s permanent collection
 this show presents landmarks in the history of mezzotint
 from 1642 through its heyday as a reproductive medium in
 eighteenth century portraiture in
 England through the creative use of the medium today.”

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