Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian

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Grand Scale brings to light rare surviving examples of mural-size prints—a Renaissance art form nearly lost from historical record. The most famous 16th-century woodcuts, engravings, and etchings were those done on an intimate scale. Yet artists also worked in another entire category of print production, producing mural-size prints that sometimes reached as high as ten feet. This handsome book, which features nearly fifty examples from Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, explores these multi-block ...

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Overview

Grand Scale brings to light rare surviving examples of mural-size prints—a Renaissance art form nearly lost from historical record. The most famous 16th-century woodcuts, engravings, and etchings were those done on an intimate scale. Yet artists also worked in another entire category of print production, producing mural-size prints that sometimes reached as high as ten feet. This handsome book, which features nearly fifty examples from Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, explores these multi-block woodcut and multi-plate engraving ensembles as vital contributions to the visual culture of their time. Comprising five essays, Grand Scale documents the relationship of monumental prints to the history of prints in general and also to mapmaking, painting, and book illustration, while addressing image design and modular printing from multiple, repeating blocks.

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Editorial Reviews

Maine Antiques
"The catalog beautifully illustrates each of the 47 prints and includes five scholarly essays on aspects of Renaissance visual culture."—Maine Antique Digest
Choice
"This volume is a welcome stimulus to an important, fascinating subject that scholars will find has much left to explore. Recommended."—Choice
Renaissance Quarterly - Evelyn Lincoln
"The catalogue creates and treats a category that has often been overlooked due to the rarity and unwieldiness of these awesome, erotic, almost always tour-de-force specimens of drawing, carving, and printing."—Evelyn Lincoln, Renaissance Quarterly
Sixteenth Century Journal - Susan Maxwell
"The catalogue essays range from broad overviews . . . to case studies of a sort, so that together they present a solid introduction to some fascinating and understudied material. Accessible enough for newcomers to the study of prints, the essays are nevertheless full of new insights for print specialists."—Susan Maxwell, Sixteenth Century Journal
Choice
"This volume is a welcome stimulus to an important, fascinating subject that scholars will find has much left to explore. Recommended."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300138795
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Silver is Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Wyckoff is Assistant Director and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College.

Suzanne Boorsch is Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Yale University Art Gallery. Lilian Armstrong is Professor of Art Emerita, Wellesley College. Alison Stewart is Associate Professor of Art History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Stephen Goddard is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence.

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Table of Contents

Director's Foreword David Mickenberg Mickenberg, David 6

Introduction: Size Does Matter Elizabeth Wyckoff Wyckoff, Elizabeth Larry Silver Silver, Larry 8

Essays

Triumphs and Travesties: Printed Processions of the Sixteenth Century Larry Silver Silver, Larry 15

The Oversize Print in Italy Suzanne Boorsch Boorsch, Suzanne 35

The Triumph of Caesar Woodcuts of 1504 and Triumphal Imagery in Venetian Renaissance Books Lilian Armstrong Armstrong, Lilian 53

Woodcuts as Wallpaper: Sebald Beham and Large Prints from Nuremberg Alison Stewart Stewart, Alison 73

Modular Prints: A Special Case of the Assembled Woodcut in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries Stephen Goddard Goddard, Stephen 87

Monumental Prints 99

Checklist of the Exhibition 164

Bibliography 168

Index 174

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