The Early Modern Painter-Etcher

Edited by Michael Cole

Hardback - £53.95

Publication date:

07 July 2006

Length of book:

208 pages


Penn State University Press

ISBN-13: 9780271029054

For half a century after its introduction in Europe, printmaking remained the province of a specially trained group of professionals. What changed this situation was the invention of etching, which allowed for print designs to be drawn directly onto a plate so that any competent draftsman could try his hand at it. Many artists did, and as a result, we now have a wide-ranging corpus of major Renaissance and Baroque graphics made by artists who, though famous in other fields, were novices in the print medium.

Featuring essays by Michael Cole, Larry Silver, Susan Dackerman, Graham Larkin, and exhibit co-curator Madeleine Viljoen, The Early Modern Painter-Etcher spans three centuries, roughly from the time of Dürer to that of Goya, and looks at works executed by some seventy painters for whom printmaking was primarily an experimental field. The book accompanies an exhibition that opened in April 2006 at the University of Pennsylvania and will travel to the Ringling Museum of Art and to the Smith College Museum of Art.

“This catalogue represents a real contribution and original and convincing explanations for the reason to consider the work of painter/etchers as a category apart. . . . I believe that this will become a useful and well-used resource for print historians, and will be one of the museum catalogues that will become more than a souvenir of a fascinating exhibit.”

—Evelyn Lincoln, Brown University