British Museum The Print Before Photography : An introduction to European Printmaking 1550 - 1820

The Print Before Photography : An introduction to European Printmaking 1550 - 1820

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'The sheer amount of information on offer here, conveyed in such a lucidly written and lavishly illustrated book, marks this as a pinnacle of print studies' - Apollo Magazine

An authoritative and richly illustrated book examining the importance of printmaking in its golden age, through the British Museum’s outstanding collection of prints

Copper-plate printmaking, developed alongside Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type, was a huge business employing thousands of people, and dominating image production for nearly four centuries across the whole of Europe. Its techniques and influence remained very stable until the nineteenth century, when this world was displaced by new technologies, of which photography was by far the most important. Print Before Photography examines the unrivalled importance of printmaking in its golden age, illustrated through the British Museum’s outstanding collection of prints. This unique and significant book is destined to be a leading reference in print scholarship, and will be of interest to anyone with an interest in this era of art history.

The Apollo Magazine Art Book of the Year.

Details
  • Author: Anthony Griffiths
  • Hardcover: 560 pages | 300 illustrations
  • Date published: August 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0714126951
  • Product Dimensions: 30.0 x 25.8 cm

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