How Is an Etching Created?

Author: Vera KoesterORCID iD

Etching is a printing technique from the 15th century that combines art and chemistry.

Well-known examples are “Knight, Death and the Devil” by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528, Germany), “Madonna in the Clouds” by Federico Barocci (1535–1612, Italy), and Rembrandt’s “Hundred Guilder” sheet (1606–1669, the Netherlands).

Graphic reproduction such as etching also continues to play a role in modern art. In 2018, the artistic printing techniques of relief printing, gravure such as etching, planographic printing, pressure printing, and their mixed forms were included in the German UNESCO Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Practitioners of the art of printing techniques constantly incorporate further developments into their work.



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