Aug 3, 2006

Landscape with the Town on a River and the Cottage between Trees

Landscape with the Town on a River and the Cottage between Trees


Hanns Lautensack

(German, 1524–1566)


Image: 17 x 23 cm (6 11/16 x 9 1/16 in.); Sheet: 17 x 23 cm (6 11/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1938.386

Did you know?

The vertical break in the center of this composition indicates where two different plates were used and then printed together on the same sheet of paper.


In this work, Hanns Lautensack used two
etching plates and printed them side by side
on one sheet of paper, though the reason
for this is not clear. The print also displays
a printing error, namely the presence of
“foul biting,” small dots in the sky that
indicate failure of the acid-resistant ground.
Such mistakes, or experimentations, were
not unusual in the early decades of the
development of the etching medium, when
artists were still refining their formulas and
procedures. Happily, perhaps, the errors abide
well with the naturalistic landscape scene.

See also
PR - Etching
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Dudley P. Allen Fund

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