Feb 20, 2019

Sculptura in Aes, The Workshop of an Engraver

Nova Reperta (New Inventions of Modern Times)

Sculptura in Aes, The Workshop of an Engraver

c. 1591

Jan van der Straet, called Johannes Stradanus

(Netherlandish, active Italy, 1523–1605)

engraved by

Philip Galle

(Flemish, 1537–1612)


Philip Galle

(Flemish, 1537–1612)

Engraving on antique laid paper

Support: Antique laid paper

Plate: 20.3 x 27.3 cm (8 x 10 3/4 in.); Sheet: 28.7 x 35.6 cm (11 5/16 x 14 in.)

The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund 2019.33


Did you know?

This engraving illustrates the process of making an engraving in the late 1500s, from carving the plate to inking and printing.


This engraving, made in 1591, is an important document of the printmaking process in the 1500s. The artist Johannes Stradanus portrayed the stages of making an engraving from right to left. First, the engraver carved the plate; then, it was inked and wiped. One man is shown pulling a plate from an acid bath (illustrating the etching process). Finally, the inked plate was printed on a large roller press. The finished prints were hung to dry. The engraving was one of a series of prints Stradanus made that documented important inventions of the period, ranging from the eyeglass, to distillation, to gunpowder.

See also
PR - Etching
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