A History of Wood Engraving: The Original Edition by Douglas Percy Bliss

By Douglas Percy Bliss

Housed within the British Museum is a 1300-year-old chinese language manuscript with clone of Buddha drawn in flowing black traces. This, based on A historical past of wooden Engraving, is the oldest identified woodcut and the place to begin for this full of life background of the paintings shape. for centuries, wooden engraving used to be the first technique of illustrating books in France, Italy, and the Netherlands.  within the 16th century, the German grasp Durer introduced engraving to new inventive heights. on the grounds that then, rankings of real originals have placed their very own stamp in this distinct splendidly expressive shape. a customary within the field, A historical past of wooden Engraving offers any paintings lover a trove of appealing information—from engraving thoughts, to artist biographies, to non-public commentary—all expertly defined by way of Douglas Percy Bliss, a popular painter and engraver in his personal correct. the writer strikes the tale all of the method to smooth instances, with a last bankruptcy on fresh masters and the way forward for engraving.

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