Early Colour Printing in the British Museum

February 13 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Paul Holberton Publishing are about to release a new scholarly publication entitled Early Colour Printing: German Renaissance Woodcuts at the British Museum. Written by the curator and scholar Elizabeth Savage, the publication will examine works by the likes of "Erhard Ratdolt, Lucas Cranach, Hans Baldung Grien, and Hans Burgkmair, as well as unfairly overlooked entrepreneurs and innovators like Erasmus Loy (and his daughter Anna)."

As the publishers blurb explains:

Early Colour Printing: German Renaissance Woodcuts at the British Museum offers significant new research, including previously unidentified examples of early modern colour-printing. Some are believed to be unique in the world; others were made decades before the landmark invention of colourful chiaroscuro woodcut in Italy in 1516. By modelling a printer- and technology-based approach to the history of printing, it contributes to scholarship by pinpointing attributions to printers—not just to artists or designers. In doing so, it lays the groundwork for a new understanding of the history of print, one that encompasses all forms of printed material.

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