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The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650

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The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650
Exhibition Catalogue
Emily J. Peters with contributions by Evelyn Lincoln and Andrew Stein Raftery

Price: $49.00 Softcover
ISBN: 978-0-615-30158-7
Publisher: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
156 pages, 147 black and white images
Dimensions: 12 x 10.5 x .5 inches

Renaissance engravings are objects of exquisite beauty and incomparable intricacy that are composed entirely of lines. Artists began using this intaglio process in Europe as early as 1430. This captivating catalogue focuses on the height of the medium, from 1480 to 1650, when engravers made dramatic and rapid visual changes to engraving technique as they responded to the demands of reproducing artworks in other media. The Brilliant Line follows these visual transformations and offers new insight into the special inventiveness and technical virtuosity of Renaissance and Baroque (Early Modern) engravers. The three essays discuss how engraving’s restrictive materials and the physical process of engraving informed its visual language; the context for the spread of particular engraving styles throughout Europe; and the interests, knowledge, and skills that Renaissance viewers applied when viewing and comparing engravings by style or school.



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The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650


The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650

RISD Museum of Art

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The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, also known as the RISD Museum, is Rhode Island’s leading museum of fine and decorative art, housing a collection of 84,000 objects of international significance. It is southeastern New England’s only comprehensive art museum and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The RISD Museum strives to be a vital cultural resource by educating and inspiring a wide variety of audiences: families and individuals, scholars and researchers, artists and designers, and students of all ages. The Museum maintains an active program of exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops and publications dedicated to the interpretation of art and design from diverse cultures ranging from ancient times to the present.




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