Andrea Andreani

Italian , 1558 - 1629

Born in 1558 in Mantua, Italy, Andreani was an Italian woodcutter and printer. He was one of the only artists to ever produce a significant amount of chiaroscuro woodcuts in Italy in the second half of the 16th century , although he did not invent the process. He reprinted several chiaroscuro woodblocks originally cut 60 and 70 years prior.

Andreani spent time working in Florence from 1584-1585, then in Siena in 1586. By 1590, he established a studio in his native Mantua. He reproduced the designs of several different artists using a range of diverse media; however, after 1608 the quality of his printing seriously declined.
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