Graphic print masterpieces
The term graphic print is generally understood to mean the reproduction of artistic drawings through printing techniques. Graphic prints therefore belong to the realm of fine arts, as they aim to use the printing process as an independent tool of original artistic expression. The artist consciously makes use of the various printing techniques available to him, along with their creative properties, such as woodcut, chalcography, etching and lithography, in order to produce the desired artistic expression.
The first religious graphic prints were created around the year 1400 with the use of so-called ‘popular prints’. The first chalcography was produced in 1446 as a result of the growing production of paper. Both techniques were subsequently perfected by Albrecht Dürer, Raffael and Michelangelo. The year 1513 saw the creation of the first etching, which greatly simplified the creation of graphic prints. With the development of lithography in the year 1803, the perfection of printing technique reached a new high, which offered artists new opportunities for artistic expression.
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