The Louvre dedicates an exhibition to the advent of engraving in the western world in the 15th century, focusing in particular on a 70-year period prior to the beginning of the career of influential German artist Martin Schongauer.
From 1400 onwards engraving emerged as an important form of communication as well as an increasingly experimental art form. The Germanic regions were central to innovations made in engraving, long before Gutenberg's printing press in 1450.
The Louvre's exhibition highlights the development of engraving during this era, drawing on two major collections: the department of prints and photographs in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the Edmond de Rothschild collection from the Louvre's own department of prints and drawings.
Wed-Mon 09.00-18.00. Wed-Fri 09.00-22.00
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The Origins of Engravings in Northern Europe (1400-1470)
Musée du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, tel. +33(0)140205824.