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Guided Tour: Overview

The five segments of the Post Chiaroscuro: Prints in Color After the Renaissance exhibition include the works listed below. This guided tour is designed to lead visitors through the exhibition, providing an enhanced experience and extra, digital content.

Those using this website to view the meta-exhibition virtually can follow along using the images provided; click on an image throughout the tour to enlarge it.

A student explains the three main printing techniques discussed in the class:

A student describes a woodcut matrix:

Read more about the techniques you will hear discussed throughout the tour: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/clrflimpr-tech.shtm

Bywaters Special Collections at Hamon Arts Library hold a collection of papers and works of art donated by Octavio Medellin, a prominent artist who spent a great deal of time in the DFW area. The artifacts selected for the Post Chiaroscuro include a linocut print of a hummingbird in the ancient Mayan style and the linoleum blocks used to make the print.

The series of works comes from a 1938 trip that Medellin made to the ancient city ruins of Chichen-Itza in the Yucatan region of Mexico. He made drawings of the wall carvings at the Temple of the Jaguar, which can be seen in the two blue slides. These slides are tracings of the original drawings, which are now at Syracuse University along with the original linoleum blocks used to make the color print.

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Hummingbird

Untitled
Linocut print done in relief

[Temple of the Jaguar #5]

[Temple of the Jaguar #5]
Slide image of a tracing of the hummingbird which is the subject of Untitled

[Temple of the Jaguar #68]

[Temple of the Jaguar #68]
Slide image of a tracing from the same project

Bywaters Special Collections at Hamon Arts Library hold a collection of prints, etching plates, and linoleum blocks created by Janet E. Turner, who served on the art faculties of several universities in Texas and California. The artifacts selected for the Post Chiaroscuro exhibition include a set of intaglio screen prints and the etched metal plate used to create them.

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Iguana by Janet Turner

Iguana
Print on paper

Iguana by Janet Turner

Iguana
This print image is cut away from the paper

Iguana by Janet Turner

Iguana
Etched metal matrix

Bywaters Special Collections at Hamon Arts Library hold a collection of prints, etched plates, and linoleum blocks created by Janet E. Turner, who served on the art faculties of several universities in Texas and California. The work selected for the Post Chiaroscuro exhibition is a linocut print of a bird with outstretched wings and perched on a limb in a swamp.

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Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Completed print

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Linoleum woodcut, Matrix A

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Linoleum woodcut, Matrix B

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Linoleum woodcut, Matrix C

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Linoleum woodcut, Matrix D

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Linoleum woodcut, Matrix E

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Impression 1

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Impression 2

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Impression 3

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Impression 4

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Impression 5

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Impression 6

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Impression 7

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Impression 8

Bird of the Swamp

Bird of the Swamp
Impression 9

Sarah Campbell Blaffer was a native Texan and an art collector. She established her foundation in 1964 to share her collection throughout the state and to cultivate a love of art in the people of Texas.

The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston contains woodcuts, engravings, etchings, and more. Four of the works in the Post Chiaroscuro exhibition are prints on loan from the Blaffer Foundation. These prints include:

St. Pierre (1838), by Paul Gavarni

A peep at Christies: _or_ Tally-ho, & His Nimeney-Pimmeney Taking the Morning Lounge, by James Gillray

The Sculptor, by Johann Jakob Haid after Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre

The Landscape Painter, by Johann Jakob Haid after François Boucher

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Prints from the Blaffer Foundation

The Bridwell Library has recently acquired a print of this work made from three blocks in the chiaroscuro woodcut style. Though not part of the Post Chiaroscuro exhibition, the students in History of Western Printmaking, 1400-1750 were given the option to answer a question regarding the print for extra credit on the looking assignment.

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