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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.

Met Art in Publication

The Dormition of the Virgin, Jacques Juliot , and workshop French, Alabaster, remains of gilding, French, Troyes
Jacques Juliot
ca. 1540–50
Abraham Bosse
Abraham Bosse
John Jackson
Girl Putting on Her Stockings, Edgar Degas  French, Monotype in black ink printed on china paper, mounted on cardboard (monotype)
Edgar Degas
Mademoiselle Bécat at the Café des Ambassadeurs, Paris, Edgar Degas  French, Lithograph; only state
Edgar Degas
Women of Algiers, Eugène Delacroix  French, Lithograph; second state of two
Eugène Delacroix
Macbeth Consulting the Witches, Eugène Delacroix  French, Lithograph; third state of five
Eugène Delacroix
Woodblock for Samson Rending the Lion, Albrecht Dürer  German, Pear wood
Albrecht Dürer
ca. 1497–98
Samson Rending the Lion, Albrecht Dürer  German, Woodcut
Albrecht Dürer
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
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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
Roberto Valturio
Meditationes, Johannes de Turrecremata  Spanish, Printed book with woodcut illustrations
Johannes de Turrecremata
October 17, 1473
Aesopi Fabulas, Aesop  Greek, Woodcuts, some hand colored
June 26, 1479
Quatriregio (Four Realms), Federico Frezzi  Italian, Printed book with woodcut illustrations
Federico Frezzi
July 26, 1508
Herman Hugo, S.J.
Cruelty in Perfection, John Bell  British, Woodcut; first state of two
John Bell
Saint Jerome in Penitence, in a Cave, Albrecht Altdorfer  German, Woodcut
Albrecht Altdorfer
The Duchess, from The Dance of Death, Hans Holbein the Younger  German, Woodcut
Hans Holbein the Younger
ca. 1526, published 1538
Francis Douce
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