A sharpened metal rod used for drawing on a paper or parchment support which had been covered by a ground. Metal points are often prepared from silver but may also be made from lead, copper, or gold. They were most commonly used in the 15th century but some contemporary artists use metal point.
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Thea Burns. The Luminous Trace: Drawing and Writing in Metalpoint. London: Archetype Publications, 2012.
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- Media & Techniques of Works of Art on Paper, New York University, New York, 1999
- The Bullfinch Guide to Art History, Shearer West (ed.), Bullfinch Press, Boston, 1996