Exhibition Catalogues

Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian

Edited by Larry Silver and Elizabeth Wyckoff
With essays by Lilian Armstrong, Suzanne Boorsch, Stephen Goddard, and Alison Stewart

“Grand Scale” aptly lives up to its name. Sure to please any print aficionado, this is a beautiful volume that not only includes excellent reproductions but a wealth of scholarly information that places the making of prints in a larger context. —Art Times

This volume is a welcome stimulus to an important, fascinating subject that scholars will find has much left to explore. Recommended. —Choice

What amazes is the work’s intricacy—from Dürer’s uniquely elaborate 192-block glorification of an emperor (the “Triumphal Arch of Maximilian”) to wallpaper production  The 16th century was an epoch of vast engraving proficiency, as this luxurious catalogue shows. — Michael Blaker, Printmaking Today

The catalogue creates and treats a category that has often been overlooked due to the rarity and unwieldiness of these awesome, erotic, almost always tour-de-force specimens of drawing, carving, and printing. —Evelyn Lincoln, Renaissance Quarterly

Grand Scale brings to light rare surviving examples of mural-size prints—a Renaissance art form nearly lost from historical record. The most famous 16th-century woodcuts, engravings, and etchings were those done on an intimate scale. Yet artists also worked in another entire category of print production, producing mural-size prints that sometimes reached as high as ten feet. This handsome book, which features nearly 50 examples from Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, explores these multiblock woodcut and multiplate engraving ensembles as vital contributions to the visual culture of their time. Published by the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, in association with their exhibition of the same name shown at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2008, Grand Scale includes five essays that document the relationship of monumental prints to the history of prints in general and also to mapmaking, painting, and book illustration, while addressing image design and modular printing from multiple, repeating blocks.

176 pages / 10 1/2 x 11 inches / 45 color and 62 black-and-white illustrations with 2 gatefolds / Copublished by the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, and Yale University Press / 2008
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-30013-879-5
    Out of Print

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