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Nov. 23, 2021

s2e7 History of Prints Techniques: Intaglio

s2e7 History of Prints Techniques: Intaglio

All about intaglio printmaking: engraving, etching, mezzotint, and drypoint


In series 2 episode 7, co-hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig discuss intaglio printmaking techniques, which include engraving, etching, mezzotint, and drypoint. They also talk about aquatint and other methods of getting an image incised into a copper plate.

Images showcasing each technique are below along with their credit/institution.

Episode image: An engraved copper plate with burin and scraper. Photo by Ben Levy.


[DETAIL] Claude Mellan (French, 1598-1688). The Sudarium of Saint Veronica, 1649. Engraving. Plate: 433 × 316 mm.; sheet: 436 × 319 mm. Art Institute of Chicago.


[DETAIL] Antoine Masson (French, 1636-1700), after Nicolas Mignard (French, 1606-1668). Henri de Lorraine, Count of Harcourt, 1667. Engraving. Plate (trimmed within platemark) 544 x 390 (20 1/2 x 16 in.). British Museum, London.


Rembrandt van Rijn (Netherlandish, 1606-1669). Self-Portrait in a cap, open-mouthed, 1630. Etching and drypoint. Sheet (trimmed within platemark): 520 x 470 mm. Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.


[DETAIL] Félix Bracquemond (French, 1833-1914). Portrait of Edmond de Goncourt, 1881-82. Etching and drypoint. Plate: 510 x 339 mm. (20 1/16 x 13 3/8 in.). Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN.


Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1749-1828). Plate 43 from Los Caprichos: The sleep of reason produces monsters (El sueño de la razon produce monstruos), 1799. Etching and aquatint. Plate: 8 3/8 x 5 15/16 in. (212 x 151 mm.); sheet: 11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in. (295 x 210 mm.). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Max Beckmann (German, 1884-1950). Self-Portrait in Bowler Hat (Selbstbildnis mit steifem Hut), 1921. Drypoint. Plate: 12 11/16 x 9 ¾ in. (323 x 248 mm.); sheet: 21 1/8 x 16 ½ in. (537 x 419 mm.). Museum of Modern Art, New York. 


Credit: angusfisherarts.com


Thomas Frye (English/Irish, c. 1710-1762). Self-Portrait, 1760. Mezzotint. Plate:19 7/8 x 13 1/2 in. (504 x 343 mm.); sheet: 20 1/4 x 14 3/8 in. (515 x 366 mm.). National Portrait Gallery, London.

Carol Wax (American, born 1953). Remington Return, 1993. Mezzotint. Plate: 18 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. carolwax.com.


Rocking a copper plate for a mezzotint. Photo: Wikimedia.

 

Platemark is produced by Ann Shafer
Series one co-host: Ben Levy
Series two co-host: Tru Ludwig
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