The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480–1650
Composed entirely of lines, engravings are works of exquisite beauty and incomparable intricacy.
The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480–1650 traces the art form's development and proliferation in the print workshops of Europe, showcasing the technical virtuosity and inventiveness on display in rarely-seen Renaissance and Baroque prints by masters like Albrecht Dürer and Hendrick Goltzius.
An in-gallery and online interactive component lets you see how engravings are made, examine the complex layers of incisions engravers made to their plates, and appreciate the visual language artists developed to depict tone, texture, and volume.
Visit our Calendar page for information on related programming, including an exclusive tour with exhibition consulting curator and engraving artist Andrew Raftery and engraving demonstrations with Chicago artist and Evanston Art Center instructor Julian Cox.
The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480–1650 is organized by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island.