The printed image was a revolutionary invention which deeply affected the visual arts. Woodcuts and engravings tended to be purely utilitarian at first, mainly serving devotional purposes, but in the last quarter of the fifteenth century artists began to appreciate the potential of the medium, which enabled them to reproduce and distribute their compositions rapidly and relatively cheaply. Especially after 1550, when production became professionalised with the appearance of the print publisher, prints became a perfect means of visual communication.
This book contains 11 essays by the Dutch art historian Ilja Veldman, who has built her expertise on printmaking in a career spanning more than 30 years.
Hardcover, 2006, 305 pp., 266 ill., 7 ill. in kleur