- Jan Johnson
(b Vicenza; flc. 1540–c. 1550).
Italian woodcutter and printer. He signed five chiaroscuro woodcuts, each after a different artist and all undated. Probably the earliest is a two-block woodcut of Hercules and the Lion (b. 119, 17) after Giulio Romano. Cloelia (b. 96, 5) after Maturino (d ?1528) or Giulio Romano, in three blocks, is still rather crudely cut and registered, and probably the next chronologically. A very cursive, elegant line manifests itself in subsequent works, such as Ajax and Agamemnon (b. 99,9) after Polidoro da Caravaggio, the Sacra Conversazione with St Catherine (b. 64, 23) after a design attributed to Camillo Boccaccino and Christ Healing the Lepers (b. 39, 15) after Parmigianino. An unsigned Adoration of the Magi (b. 30, 3) and The Cardinal and the Doctor (b. 144,6) can also reasonably be ascribed to him.
Vicentino’s hand is doubtless one of several discernible in a large group of anonymous chiaroscuros based on designs by ...