Line engraving

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MFA# 69.202


MFA# 69.309

A print prepared from a design engraved into a copperplate with a burin. Once the image is cut, the burrs are removed from the groove edges producing crisp, clean lines in the print. Developed in the 15th century, line engraving was primarily used to reproduce images from paintings.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Linienstich (Deut.); Kupferstcih (Deut.)

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Resources and Citations

  • Luis Nadeau, Encyclopedia of Printing, Photographic, and Photomechanical Processes, Atelier, New Brunswick, 1997
  • The Bullfinch Guide to Art History, Shearer West (ed.), Bullfinch Press, Boston, 1996
  • B. Gascoigne, How to Identify Prints, Thames & Hudson, London, 2004

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