Prints played a critical role in early modern European visual culture. Comparatively inexpensive and lightweight, and ranging from cheap popular images to sophisticated artistic productions, they reached a wide range of audiences and circulated easily across geographic boundaries. This module analyses the beginnings of European printmaking around 1400, when woodcuts were first widely circulated, and follows its dramatic expansion in formats, themes and audiences up to 1800. We will address a range of issues including the technical production of prints, processes of marketing and circulation, and the subject matter that appeared in printed images, often well in advance of other artistic media.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
You may find it useful to purchase some of the following books to have to hand during this module, all of which are fairly inexpensive:
William M. Ivins, Jr. (rev. by Marjorie B. Cohn), How Prints Look (any edition)- a very useful analysis of print techniques.
Dover Fine Art editions of the following- these are mainly image reproductions, with brief introductions, so not a lot of information but very useful for visual reference:
You might also want to read around more generally on these artists before the module begins.
Module code HOA00041I