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Printmaking, Themes in Art

Printmaking is a wide array of techniques, technologies, and disciplines used to transfer an image from a matrix to a surface, usually paper or a textile. Relief printing, like wood block printing, removes areas that the artist doesn't want to transfer and ink is rolled or painted onto the remaining surface, and intaglio printing does the opposite, engraving or etching lines into copper or zinc plates which hold the ink for transfer. More recently, lithography uses water to repel oily ink from negative spaces, and screen printing is used to make all your graphic tees.

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A Foolish Virgin in Half-Figure, Martin Schongauer

A Foolish Virgin in Half-Figure Martin Schongauer, 1491

A Harlot's Progress Plate 1, William Hogarth

A Harlot's Progress Plate 1 William Hogarth, 1732

A Jig Beyond the Grave, José Guadalupe Posada

A Jig Beyond the Grave José Guadalupe Posada, 1888

Adam and Eve, Albrecht Dürer

Adam and Eve Albrecht Dürer, 1504

Analysis of Beauty: Plate 1, William Hogarth

Analysis of Beauty: Plate 1 William Hogarth, 1753

Analysis of Beauty: Plate 2, William Hogarth

Analysis of Beauty: Plate 2 William Hogarth, 1753

Aqueduct of Nero, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Aqueduct of Nero Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1775

Architecture, Perspectives, Grotesques, Antiquities, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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

Caffè degli Inglesi, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Caffè degli Inglesi Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1769

Catalogo delle Opere, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Catalogo delle Opere Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1861

Cervantes, Salvador Dalí

Cervantes Salvador Dalí, 1960

Chimneypiece in Greek Style, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Chimneypiece in Greek Style Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1769

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

Clement de Jonghe, Printseller, Rembrandt van Rijn

Clement de Jonghe, Printseller Rembrandt van Rijn, 1651

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

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

Elephant is Killing a Lion in Funny Way in 1975, John Ndevasia Muafangejo

Elephant is Killing a Lion in Funny Way in 1975 John Ndevasia Muafangejo, 1975

Elevation and Plan of Theater of Marcellus, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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

Griffin, Martin Schongauer

Griffin Martin Schongauer, 1491

Hadrian's Villa, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Hadrian's Villa Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1768

Imaginary Prisons: Title Plate, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Imaginary Prisons: Title Plate Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1761

Interior Views of Rome, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Interior Views of Rome Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1768

Large Still Life with Coffeepot, Giorgio Morandi

Large Still Life with Coffeepot Giorgio Morandi, 1933

Melencolia I, Albrecht Dürer

Melencolia I Albrecht Dürer, 1514

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

Ponte Molle, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Ponte Molle Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1762

Saint Jerome Penitent in the Wilderness, Albrecht Dürer

Saint Jerome Penitent in the Wilderness Albrecht Dürer, 1496

The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634

The Apocalypse — The Four Horsemen, Albrecht Dürer

The Apocalypse — The Four Horsemen Albrecht Dürer, 1498

The Apocalypse — The Whore of Babylon, Albrecht Dürer

The Apocalypse — The Whore of Babylon Albrecht Dürer, 1498

The Celestial Globe — Southern Hemisphere, Albrecht Dürer

The Celestial Globe — Southern Hemisphere Albrecht Dürer, 1515

The Censer, Martin Schongauer

The Censer Martin Schongauer, 1492

The Good Samaritan, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Good Samaritan Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633

The Hundred Guilder Print, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Hundred Guilder Print Rembrandt van Rijn, 1649

The Pyramid of Caius Cestius, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Pyramid of Caius Cestius Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1755

The Raising of Lazarus, Rembrandt van Rijn

The Raising of Lazarus Rembrandt van Rijn, 1632

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

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

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