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Albrecht Dürer and the Process of Printmaking

Author: Aleisha Olson
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This lesson will describe the process of printmaking and consider the work of Albrecht Dürer, one of the most skilled printmakers of all time.

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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.

Albrecht Dürer and the Process of Printmaking

Terms to Know

Relief Printing

A technique used in printmaking where a print is made from the raised images of a surface, includes embossing and letterpress.

Intaglio Printing

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.

Woodcut

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.

Halftones

Gradations of tone (shades of grey) in between black and white.

Engraving

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.

Hatching

The use of parallel straight lines, particularly in printmaking and drawing, to indicate shadow and depth.

Cross Hatching

The use of lines that cross over, particularly in printmaking and drawing, to indicate shadow and depth.

Citations:

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,

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Relief Printing

    A technique used in printmaking where a print is made from the raised images of a surface, includes embossing and letterpress.

  • Intaglio Printing

    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.

  • Woodcut

    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.

  • Engraving

    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.

  • Halftones

    Gradations of tone (shades of grey) between black and white.

  • Hatching

    The use of parallel straight lines, particularly in printmaking and drawing, to indicate shadow and depth.

  • Cross Hatching

    The use of lines that cross over, particularly in printmaking and drawing, to indicate shadow and depth.