This lesson discusses different techniques used in printmaking, such as relief printing and intaglio printing, and looks at different examples of the work of Albrecht Dürer.
Terms to Know
A technique used in printmaking where a print is made from the raised images of a surface, includes embossing and letterpress.
A technique used in printmaking where an image is cut into the surface of a copper or zinc plate with a special tool called a burin.
A printmaking process where an image is carved onto the surface of a piece of wood removing parts of the wood. The carved raised part of the wood is covered with ink and pressed onto a surface transferring the image onto surfaces such as a piece of paper or fabric.
Gradations of tone (shades of grey) in between black and white.
An important process in Renaissance printmaking that flourished with the invention of accessible paper and the printing press where a design is cut onto a flat surface with a tool called a burin.
The use of parallel straight lines, particularly in printmaking and drawing, to indicate shadow and depth.
The use of lines that cross over, particularly in printmaking and drawing, to indicate shadow and depth.
Image of Michel Wolgemut, “Tarvisium” page from Nuremberg Chronicle, Public Domain,
; Image of Martin Shongauer, Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons, Public Domain,
; Image of Albrecht Dürer, The Last Supper, Public Domain,
; Image of Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve, Public Domain,
; Image of Albrecht Dürer, Knight, Death, and the Devil, Public Domain,
; Image of Albrecht Dürer, Four Horsement of the Apocalypse, Public Domain,