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Etching, MediumsHouses of Campiaro in Grizzana

Etching is an extremely popular type of intaglio printmaking, where a metal plate is covered with an acid-resistant ground, an image is drawn into the ground with a stylus, the plate is placed in an acid bath, which eats away the lines of exposed metal. Once the plate has been ‘etched’ the ground is removed, ink is rubbed into the image, and transferred to paper via a press. Etching, like drawing, often makes use of hatching and cross hatching, and may be combined with drypoint and aquatint to create deeper areas of shadow.

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The Alchemist’s Laboratory, Western Esoteric Art

The Alchemist’s Laboratory 1595

The Cosmic Rose, Western Esoteric Art

The Cosmic Rose 1595

The Four, the Three, the Two, and the One, Western Esoteric Art

The Four, the Three, the Two, and the One 1595

The Hermaphrodite, Western Esoteric Art

The Hermaphrodite 1595

The Raising of Lazarus, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Raising of Lazarus Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632

Descent from the Cross, Rembrandt van Rijn

Descent from the Cross Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633

The Good Samaritan, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Good Samaritan Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633

The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634

The Hundred Guilder Print, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Hundred Guilder Print Rembrandt van Rijn, 1649

Clement de Jonghe, Printseller, Rembrandt van Rijn

Clement de Jonghe, Printseller Rembrandt van Rijn, 1651

Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses, Rembrandt van Rijn

Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves: The Three Crosses Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660

Arch of Titus, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Arch of Titus Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1748

Architecture, Perspectives, Grotesques, Antiquities, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Architecture, Perspectives, Grotesques, Antiquities Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1749

The Grand Piazza, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Grand Piazza Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1750

The Pyramid of Caius Cestius, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Pyramid of Caius Cestius Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1755

Appian Way, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Appian Way Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1756

Elevation and Plan of Theater of Marcellus, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Elevation and Plan of Theater of Marcellus Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1756

Plan of a Tomb on the Appian Way in Vigna Buonamici, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Plan of a Tomb on the Appian Way in Vigna Buonamici Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1756

Plan of Rome, from Le Antichità Romane, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Plan of Rome, from Le Antichità Romane Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1756

Imaginary Prisons: Title Plate, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Imaginary Prisons: Title Plate Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1761

The Man on the Rack, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Man on the Rack Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1761

Ponte Molle, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Ponte Molle Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1762

Della Magnificenza e d'Architettura de' Romani, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Della Magnificenza e d'Architettura de' Romani Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1765

Temple of Bacchus, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Temple of Bacchus Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1767

Hadrian's Villa, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Hadrian's Villa Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1768

Interior Views of Rome, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Interior Views of Rome Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1768

Caffè degli Inglesi, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Caffè degli Inglesi Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1769

Chimneypiece in Greek Style, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Chimneypiece in Greek Style Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1769

Chimneypiece: Frieze of Trophies and Winged Victories, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Chimneypiece: Frieze of Trophies and Winged Victories Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1769

Waterfalls at Tivoli, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Waterfalls at Tivoli Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1769

Aqueduct of Nero, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Aqueduct of Nero Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1775

View of St. Peter's and the Piazza, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

View of St. Peter's and the Piazza Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1775

Hadrian's Villa: The Piazza d'Oro, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Hadrian's Villa: The Piazza d'Oro Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1776

Newton, William Blake

Newton William Blake, 1795

Pity, William Blake

Pity William Blake, 1795

The Night of Enitharmon’s Joy, William Blake

The Night of Enitharmon’s Joy William Blake, 1795

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Frontispiece), William Blake

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Frontispiece) William Blake, 1795

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Plate 4), William Blake

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (Plate 4) William Blake, 1795

God Forgive Her, It Was Her Mother, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

God Forgive Her, It Was Her Mother Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1799

The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters, Francisco de Goya y Lucientes

The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1799

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun, William Blake

The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun William Blake, 1803

Elohim Creating Adam, William Blake

Elohim Creating Adam William Blake, 1805

The Sun at his Eastern Gate, William Blake

The Sun at his Eastern Gate William Blake, 1816 – 1820

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car, William Blake

Beatrice Addressing Dante from the Car William Blake, 1824 – 1827

Laocoön, William Blake

Laocoön William Blake, 1825 – 1827

Minos, William Blake

Minos William Blake, 1824 – 1827

Catalogo delle Opere, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Catalogo delle Opere Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1861

The Doorway, James McNeill Whistler

The Doorway James McNeill Whistler, 1880

The Coiffure (La Toilette), Mary Cassatt

The Coiffure (La Toilette) Mary Cassatt, 1890 – 1891

The Letter, Mary Cassatt

The Letter Mary Cassatt, 1890 – 1891

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