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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
  
An engraving process invented in the middle of the 17th century. Mezzotint plates, usually [[copper]] or [[steel]], contain a pattern of burred holes that hold the ink. The burrs are either partially or completely removed to provide a wide range of subtle tones in the print.
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An intaglio printing process that was invented in the middle of the 17th century. A metal plate is prepared using a rocker to cover the entire surface with an even, toothy texture to hold ink.  A design is drawn by smoothing out the burr with a burnisher.  The burnished areas will hold less ink and appear lighter, whereas the untouched sections will print very dark. Mezzotints are characterized by a velvety matte surface.
  
 
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Carol Wax, ''The Mezzotint: History and Technique''. New York : H.N. Abrams, 1990
 
Carol Wax, ''The Mezzotint: History and Technique''. New York : H.N. Abrams, 1990
  
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* ''Encyclopedia Britannica'', http://www.britannica.com  Comment: "Mezzotint." Encyclopædia Britannica. 23 Mar. 2004  .
 
* ''Encyclopedia Britannica'', http://www.britannica.com  Comment: "Mezzotint." Encyclopædia Britannica. 23 Mar. 2004  .
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* ''The Bullfinch Guide to Art History'', Shearer West (ed.), Bullfinch Press, Boston, 1996
 
* ''The Bullfinch Guide to Art History'', Shearer West (ed.), Bullfinch Press, Boston, 1996
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== Additional Images ==
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File: Hamanishi 2006.jpg| Hamanishi Katsunori  MFA acc# 2006.1346
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[[Category:Materials database]]
 
[[Category:Materials database]]

Latest revision as of 12:49, 1 May 2016

MFA Acc. #: 2001.144

Description

An intaglio printing process that was invented in the middle of the 17th century. A metal plate is prepared using a rocker to cover the entire surface with an even, toothy texture to hold ink. A design is drawn by smoothing out the burr with a burnisher. The burnished areas will hold less ink and appear lighter, whereas the untouched sections will print very dark. Mezzotints are characterized by a velvety matte surface.

Synonyms and Related Terms

black manner; mezzotint (Ned., Sven.); zwarte kunstprent (Ned.); manière noire (Fr.); Schabkunst (Deut.); Mezzotinto (Deut.); mezzatinta (It.); media tinta (Esp.)

Mezzotint, detail

Additional Information

Carol Wax, The Mezzotint: History and Technique. New York : H.N. Abrams, 1990

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • The Bullfinch Guide to Art History, Shearer West (ed.), Bullfinch Press, Boston, 1996



Additional Images

<gallery> File: Hamanishi 2006.jpg| Hamanishi Katsunori MFA acc# 2006.1346

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