By Howard Simon
Starting with 16th-century woodcuts via Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein, the chronological presentation beneficial properties works via Goya, Hogarth, Blake, Morris, Doré, Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, and different masters. a short textual content introduces every one part, and the quantity concludes with a world roster of contemporary artists, classified via nation. All that's most sensible and awesome within the box of representation appears to be like right here, during this massive booklet of sketches, engravings, woodcuts, and lithography.
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New York, 1942 THE PAST IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS in 1440 that the great Gutenberg discovered that movable type could be used in printing. Previous to this time the crude block books contrasted poorly with the beautifully illuminated manuscripts of the same period. Each page was cut on a single block of wood. Because of the very limited number of people who could read, the subject of the book was in most part borne by the illustrations. Comparatively little type appeared to explain the pictures. Perhaps the chief reason for this lack of text was the difficulty encountered in cutting the type on the wood block.
Illustration from Los Desastres de la Guerra FRANCISCO GOYA. Illustration from Los Desastres de la Guerra FRANCISCO GOYA. THOMAS BEWICK 1753-1828 IT DOES NOT require more than one glance at his drawings to learn that Thomas Bewick, in childhood a sturdy farm boy, never overcame his nostalgia for the pleasant English countryside. Cherryburn House, his birthplace, lay not far from Eltringham in the heart of the Northumberland country. Bewick was one of eight children and his was the usual English childhood.
Artist unknown Page from Dream of Poliphilius A woodcut of St. Ambrosias. German School, Fifteenth Century. Artist unknown Woodcut from Dream of Polipbilius Fifteenth Century Woodcut from the Swabian Chronicles. Printed by Konrad Dinckmut in Ulm, 1486. Artist unknown HANS SCHÄUFLEIN. ‘Die Trauung’ Woodcut, Fifteenth Century GUISEPPE PORTA-SALIRATI. ‘Lucretia and Her Ladies’ Woodcut, Fifteenth Century HANS SCHAEUFFLEIN. ‘St. Veronica’ Woodcut, Fifteenth Century HANS BURGKMAIR. ‘Maximilian I and Maria of Burgundy’ Woodcut HANS BURGKMAIR.