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  • Albrecht Dürer

    Albrecht Dürer

    German, 1471–1528
    Saint Jerome in his Study, 1514
    Purchase with funds from the Estate of Barbara Dunbar Stewart, 2012.52

    Albrecht Dürer executed many important engravings over the course of his career, but he deemed only three worthy of the title "Master Engravings," one of which is this image of Saint Jerome in his study. Identifiable by his attribute, the contented lion in the foreground, Saint Jerome appears in the back of a small, sunlit study, immersed in his work. Saint Jerome is credited with being the first to translate the Bible into Latin. During his lifetime, this was one of Dürer's most popular engravings, which he gave and sold to friends and admirers.

    Sarah Sze American, born 1969, Day, 2005, Offset lithography and silkscreen, Purchase with funds from Baxter Jones in honor of Dr. Jiong Yan, 2013.128
    Sarah Sze
    American, born 1969
    Day, 2005
    Offset lithography and silkscreen
    Purchase with funds from Baxter Jones in honor of Dr. Jiong Yan, 2013.128
    © Sarah Sze

    Exhibition Overview

    This exhibition of recent print acquisitions from the High Museum of Art celebrates the breadth and depth of the High's collection of works on paper. With more than 450 prints acquired in the past five years, the thirty-one prints selected for this exhibition feature some of the most well known artists of the past four centuries, including Albrecht Dürer, Ellsworth Kelly, Sarah Sze, Salvador Dalí, and Dox Thrash, to name a few.

    The practice of printmaking is a discipline with a long and rich tradition involving the transfer of ink from one surface to another through a variety of techniques. These newest additions to the collection represent a range of different approaches to printmaking.

    • RELIEF (woodcuts, linocuts, and letterpress): Artists create relief prints by incising and inking a printing surface, such as a woodblock or linoleum piece. The resulting image reveals the area around the incisions that the artist left intact.

    • INTAGLIO (etching, drypoint, and engraving): Like relief, artists create intaglio prints by cutting or etching into the surface of a plate. Only the incised areas – the marks made by the artist – transfer to the printing surface.

    • PLANOGRAPHIC (monotype and lithograph): Planographic prints are produced from a completely flat surface rather than a surface with raised areas, and use a chemical process to transfer the ink.

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