The Print Before Photography: an Introduction to European Printmaking 1550 - 1820
'The range of material covered in terms of centuries, countries and categories of prints with unfailingly sure-footed aplomb is fitting testimony to the author’s omniscience' - The Evening Standard
'An absolutely definitive book about the history of printmaking in Western Europe' - Apollo Magazine
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 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.
Apollo Magazine's book of 2016.
- Author: Anthony Griffiths
- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Date published: August 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0714126951
- Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 24.5 cm