The Renaissance Print, 1470-1550

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Yale University Press, 1994 - Art - 433 pages
Printmaking matured in western Europe between 1470 and 1550, when the great generation of artists and printmakers brought international recognition to print as an art form. This book examines the technical and aesthetic experimentation that went into printmaking, workshop practices, and the material and social contexts of print production, and it gives the fullest account ever written of the ways in which Renaissance prints were produced, distributed, and acquired. David Landau and Peter W. Parshall pose a range of practical questions about the production of prints. They investigate, for example, what materials were used, how they were acquired, and how a Renaissance printmaker's workshop operated. They explore the evidence that individual prints were beginning to be esteemed as works of art rather than as inexpensive substitutes for them, and the relationship between prints made to be collected and those of a more ephemeral nature intended for a wider audience. They discuss how prints were valued during the period, including the relative value of woodcuts to engravings, and engravings to etchings. And they investigate how prints evolved in relation to the pictorial arts of the Renaissance generally. Examining documentary evidence and many individual prints, Landau and Parshall provide an integrated view of the Renaissance print as a social and artistic enterprise and reevaluate the achievements of the most influential phase in the history of European printmaking. -- Publisher's website.
 

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Contents

FRAMING THE RENAISSANCE PRINT
vi
CRAFT GUILDS WORKSHOPS AND SUPPLIES 7
ii
THE FIRST GENERATION
33
FROM COLLABORATION TO REPRODUCTION IN ITALY
103
THE CULTIVATION OF THE WOODCUT IN THE NORTH
169
ARTISTIC EXPERIMENT AND THE COLLECTORS PRINT
260
Their Milieu and the Market
284
Print Publishing in Italy
298
The Refinement of the Art
310
The Failed Experiment
323
Their Milieu and the Market
347
EPILOGUE
359
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Landau has been a recognized expert in foreign policy matters since 1972.

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