Color wash-manner etching and engraving
Sheet: 50.5 x 33.5 cm (19 7/8 x 13 3/16 in.); Platemark: 44 x 32 cm (17 5/16 x 12 5/8 in.)
Gift of Moselle Taylor Meals 1977.94
Catalogue raisonné: Fonds Français 18ieme Siecle - XII.24.40
Since ancient times, art critics had praised painters for their ability to portray subjects so lifelike that they might be mistaken for the real thing. The mastery of printing techniques that produced full-color images like this one featuring female nudes with remarkably naturalistic skin gave French printmakers new capabilities that for centuries had been the exclusive domain of painters.
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