The Invention of the Italian Renaissance Printmaker

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In this book Evelyn Lincoln examines the formation of the new career of printmaker during the late fifteenth century and throughout the sixteenth century in Italy. She focuses particularly on the practical relationship between the ancient skill of drawing and the more modern techniques of artisans who made prints by engraving images into copper or wood. Looking closely at the widely diverse prints issuing from early Italian presses, Lincoln shows how Italian social, religious, and educational practices are revealed in these printed images, demonstrating how a printmaker's training and experience affected the look of the finished work.
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By the early 1500s, woodblock prints, engravings, and the new technique of etching were all used by the expanding publishing world. Though it remained generally a sideline, there was enough patronage and popular interest in printmaking for artists to earn a living. And artists to the north, notably Albrecht D rer, were reaching a wider audience through editions made at their workshops. Lincoln (history of art and architecture, Brown Univ.) gives us a clear indication of the spread of printmaking as a vocation in Italy. She centers on three artists living in different cities: Andrea Mantegna in Mantua, Domenico Beccafumi in Siena, and Diana Mantuana (Diana Scultori) in Rome. Using these examples, Lincoln covers more than geography and stylistic preferences. The reader gains insight into the Italian economy, the court and guild systems, and the life of a female artist during the Renaissance. There is information about the creation of chiaroscuro prints, which allowed artists to receive their training, and anecdotes about Giorgio Vasari. Lincoln is a true scholar, and the book is loaded with interesting material for serious students of printmaking and art history. For this reason, it is best suited for academic collections. However, this is a well-researched book for anyone curious about this period in history.--Susan Lense, Columbus, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300080414
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 9.03 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Andrea Mantegna 17
2 What the Apostles Taught: Domenico Beccafumi's Chiaroscuro Woodblock Prints 45
3 Diana Mantuana and Roman Printmaking 111
4 Printing and Drawing in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome 147
Notes to the Text 165
Appendices 185
Bibliography 193
Index 204
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