The Knight and Lansquenet

The Knight and Lansquenet

c. 1512

Hans Wechtlin

(German, 1480/85–after 1526)

Chiaroscuro woodcut (in blue and black)

Support: Laid paper

Sheet: 27 x 18 cm (10 5/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1950.241

Catalogue raisonné: Geisberg 1497



By 1509 color prints were successfully produced by printing the line block in black but using a second block to print the background color. Unprinted areas of white paper formed the highlights. Wechtlin’s The Knight and Lansquenet is a beautiful example of this technique.

See also
PR - Chiaroscuro
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