In recent decades, interdisciplinary technical study of works of art, pooling the expertise of art
historians, conservators, and conservation scientists, has provided valuable new insights into artists’
materials and working methods. Such collaborative research has productively addressed a range of far
reaching art historical issues, including questions of authorship, chronology, creative process, and
artistic intention. This talk will consider some contributions of technical examination and scientific
analysis to our understanding of Renaissance works of art on paper, focusing in particular on research
on the chiaroscuro woodcut, a pioneering color printmaking technique.