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How Prints Look: Photographs with a Commentary

Ivins, W. M. Jr.
164 pages
130 illustrations
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This book is an elementary introduction to the appearances of prints. Several details of prints in the Met's collection are reproduced here with accompanying text that guides the reader to understand the techniques and materials used. Ivins's captions highlight certain aspects of the prints that provide greater insight into the artists' practice and the pieces themselves. This book is a starting point for further study and appreciation of the vast world of prints.

The Dormition of the Virgin, Jacques Juliot , and workshop French, Alabaster, remains of gilding, French, Troyes
ca. 1540–50
Multiple artists/makers
Girl Putting on Her Stockings, Edgar Degas  French, Monotype in black ink printed on china paper, mounted on cardboard (monotype)
Mademoiselle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs, Paris, Edgar Degas  French, Lithograph; only state
Women of Algiers, Eugène Delacroix  French, Lithograph; second state of two
Macbeth Consulting the Witches, Eugène Delacroix  French, Lithograph; third state of five
Woodblock for Samson Rending the Lion, Albrecht Dürer  German, Pear wood
ca. 1497–98
Samson Rending the Lion, Albrecht Dürer  German, Woodcut
ca. 1497–98
The Dirty Bride or The Wedding of Mopsus and Nisa, Pieter Bruegel the Elder  Netherlandish, Pen and black-brown ink on white-prepared partially carved block of applewood
ca. 1566
De Re Militari (On the Military Arts), Roberto Valturio  Italian, Printed book with 82 woodcut illustrations impressed by hand; illuminated initials and descriptive captions also added by hand
Multiple artists/makers
Meditationes, Johannes de Turrecremata  Spanish, Printed book with woodcut illustrations
Multiple artists/makers
October 17, 1473
Aesopi Fabulas, Aesop  Greek, Woodcuts, some hand colored
Multiple artists/makers
June 26, 1479
Quatriregio (Four Realms), Federico Frezzi  Italian, Printed book with woodcut illustrations
July 26, 1508
Multiple artists/makers
Cruelty in Perfection, John Bell  British, Woodcut; first state of two
Multiple artists/makers
Saint Jerome in Penitence, in a Cave, Albrecht Altdorfer  German, Woodcut
The Duchess, from The Dance of Death, Hans Holbein the Younger  German, Woodcut
ca. 1526, published 1538
Multiple artists/makers
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