Venus Reclining in a Landscape

Venus Reclining in a Landscape

c. 1508–9

Giulio Campagnola

(Italian, 1482-1515)


Gift of The Print Club of Cleveland 1931.205

Catalogue raisonné: Hind V(II).202.13 ; Passavant V.165.11 ; Le Blanc I.575.10 ; Ottley II.769.8


Campagnola introduced stipple, a technique by which shading is created with dots produced by the point of the graver, an innovation that allowed for a much greater range of tone from white to black and a more controllable graduated transition between the lighter and darker areas of the image. Stipple helped Campagnola achieve the effect of sfumato, subtle gradations of light and dark to model figures, which Giorgione was utilizing in painting at the time. The influence of and perhaps even the engraver’s collaboration with Giorgione is reflected in the extraordinary beauty and refinement of this rare early impression of Venus Reclining in a Landscape.

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PR - Engraving
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