Impressions in Ink: European Early Modern Prints


On view
Jul 5, 2009 to Jul 26, 2009

Since Johannes Gutenberg's first printing press ca. 1440, European artists experimented with creating printed images. Krannert Art Museum's collection includes woodblock prints, engravings,and etchings made from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries.

Prints, through the seventeenth centuries. Prints, sometimes enhanced with hand painted color, not only illustrated texts, but also stood on their own as works of art. Selected works include observations of botany, landscapes, and historical figures; renderings of religious and literary narratives; and portrayals of allegorical figures. Featuring some of the period's great masters, such as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Hans Sebald Beham, and Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, this exhibition demonstrates the artistic richness of the printed image.

Curator: Erin K. Donovan

spiral bound page that has a grid of red markings with two circular fields, one gold and the other red and white. On each field is a rectangle.
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