Allessandro Mastro-Valerio (American; Italian, 1887 – 1953)
DimensionsSheet : 12 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (31.12 x 23.81 cm)
Mat : 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Plate : 9 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (24.13 x 16.51 cm)
Credit LineGift of Arthur and Kristine Rossof
LabelAlessandro Mastro-Valerio was a pioneer of the modern mezzotint movement in America. Born in Italy, Mastro-Valerio moved to the United States in 1913, settling first in Chicago and later in Michigan where he taught at the University of Michigan from 1926 to 1952. He made his first mezzotint print in 1933 after seeing an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Most of Mastro-Valerio’s mezzotints are female nudes rendered in a soft, somewhat mannered style.