Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Engravings, Etchings, and Woodcuts

Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Engravings, Etchings, and Woodcuts

by Susan Dackerman
     
 

"A Renaissance print with color is almost invariably regarded as a suspect object because the color is presumed to be a cosmetic addition made to compensate for deficiencies of design or condition. Painted Prints challenges this deeply entrenched assumption about the material and aesthetic structure of early prints by showing that in many cases hand coloring is not a… See more details below

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"A Renaissance print with color is almost invariably regarded as a suspect object because the color is presumed to be a cosmetic addition made to compensate for deficiencies of design or condition. Painted Prints challenges this deeply entrenched assumption about the material and aesthetic structure of early prints by showing that in many cases hand coloring is not a dubious supplement to a print but is instead an integral element augmenting its expressive power, beauty, and meaning." "Published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, Painted Prints reproduces and discusses a rich variety of hand-colored prints from Northern Europe of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Anonymous woodcuts are juxtaposed with masterworks by such famed artists as Durer, Holbein, and Goltzius. These prints, secular as well as religious, muted as well as vibrant in tonality, make it clear that hand coloring was a widespread, enduring practice, developed to satisfy the demands of both elite and popular audiences." Painted Prints presents new research into the artists who specialized in hand coloring and offers insights into the social and economic organization of Renaissance and Baroque printmaking. It also draws on scientific analyses of the materials and techniques of hand coloring to address important questions of authenticity, chronology, and condition. With a catalogue and color illustrations of all the hand-colored prints in the exhibition, this book makes a groundbreaking contribution to the study of Renaissance prints and their pivotal place in the visual culture of early modern Europe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271022352
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Director's Forewordvii
List of Lendersix
Acknowledgmentsx
Introduction: Rediscovering Painted Prints1
Painted Prints in Germany and the Netherlands9
The Materials and Technology of Renaissance and Baroque Hand-Colored Prints49
Catalogue81
AppendixResults of Analytical Testing of Hand-Colored Prints271
Bibliography279
Index287
Photographic Credits297

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