Catalogue  /  Origins of European Printmaking, National Gallery of Art

This exhibition catalogue traces the beginnings of printmaking in Europe during the fifteenth century and describes the resulting dramatic cultural changes.

  • This exhibition catalogue traces the beginnings of printmaking in the fifteenth century and describes the resulting dramatic cultural changes.
  • The title page features a print of Jesus Christ. Religious scenes were frequent subjects of these early European prints.
  • Verdigris is the catalogue’s primary typeface. Essays open with a paragraph set in large type.
  • A spread from the essay shows the two column format opposite a quartet of prints using the same basic woodblock.
  • A print of Saint Margaret appears opposite “Notes to the Reader.”
  • Catalogue entry 63 is the playful print “Ape Performing on Horseback.”
  • A detail of the typographic treatment for catalogue entry 64.
  • Catalogue entry 106 depicts “The Legend of St. James the Greater” in a print divided into fifteen smaller panels.