To retrace the origins of the art of printmaking, we have to go far back in time when primitive men engraved the walls of their caves with sharpened tools.
But it was only in the middle of the xv century that a printing process, invented in Europe, gave birth to this new form of art. This method combined the use of ancient goldsmiths’ instruments, such as the “burin” and the “niello”, with the introduction of a new support material – the paper – and the printing press, a mechanical device conceived for the purpose.
Francesco Milizia gives a concise definition of this complex technique, that brought about a radical change in man’s life.
Engraving is the art that reproduces the shapes, lights and shades of the objects by drawing them or carving their main features on hard material and can multiply their imprints through the impression technique