Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-Century Woodcuts and Their Public

Origins of European Printmaking: Fifteenth-Century Woodcuts and Their Public

by Peter Parshall, Rainer Schoch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300113390

ISBN-13: 9780300113396

Pub. Date: 09/15/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

This highly anticipated and beautifully illustrated book examines the evolution of early printmaking in late medieval Europe. Through their means of production and the evidence of their utility, prints are explored in a broad social and economic context. Key topics include the complex problem of reconstructing the beginnings of the European woodcut; the practice of

Overview

This highly anticipated and beautifully illustrated book examines the evolution of early printmaking in late medieval Europe. Through their means of production and the evidence of their utility, prints are explored in a broad social and economic context. Key topics include the complex problem of reconstructing the beginnings of the European woodcut; the practice of copying and dissemination of models endemic to the medium; and the varied functions of the print from the spiritual to the secular.

A team of expert authors examines the many ways in which fifteenth-century woodcuts and  metalcuts reflect the nature of piety and visual experience. Replicated images helped to structure private religious practice, transmit beliefs, disseminate knowledge about material facts, and graph abstract ideas. Mass-produced pictures made it feasible for people of all stations to possess them, thereby initiating a change in the role of images that eventually helped alter the definition of art itself.

The Origins of European Printmaking is an essential book for art historians, students, and collectors, as well as the general reader with an interest in medieval history and culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300113396
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.00(h) x (d)

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