Complete set of magnificent chiaroscuro woodcuts
Titiani Vecelii, Pauli Caliarii, Jacobi Robusti, et Jacobi de Ponte; Opera Selectiora a Joanne Baptista Jackson, Anglo; Ligno coelata et coloribus adumbrata
Venice, Giovanni Battista Pasquali, 1745
A suite of chiaroscuro woodcuts reproducing seventeen works of art by great Venetian painters of the sixteenth century, then in churches and lay confraternities of Venice and its environs, or in the private collection of the series’ principal patron, Consul Joseph Smith. The chiaroscuro woodcut process developed in response to a demand for reproductions of monochromatic wash drawings, and until Jackson began to experiment with the technique, in 1735, had not been used for the interpretation of oil paintings. Complete sets of Jackson’s prints are rare and we notice just six passing through the auction sale rooms during the past forty-five years.