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For operating artists and scholars alike, this is often an unmatched treasury of the tools, suggestions, and examples of significant illustrators from the sunrise of printing to the 20 th century. that includes works via Goya, Hogarth, Dürer, Morris, Doré, Beardsley, and others, it serves as a reference in addition to a pleasant looking booklet.
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The illustrations were marvels of invention and rapid execution, wittily done with free, easy pen strokes. Where the text mentions the author, Holbein has given us a portrait of Erasmus in his study. At the age of twenty-six, he designed a large series of drawings on wood for Luther’s translation of the New Testament, printed by Thomas Wolff. ” These drawings show in some measure the influence of his great predecessor, Dürer. As a wood engraver, Holbein is said to have executed some works as early as 1511, and before his departure from Switzerland he engraved a great many woodcuts for the publishers of Basle, Zurich, Lyon and Leyden.
There has been little change even in the tools of these two crafts. The woodcut carries its virtues of harmonizing with the printed page, from the black letter of the Incunabula to the newest of modern type faces. Its use increases in popularity with each year, wherever the modern book is printed. Some of its leading exponents such as Clare Leighton in England and Lynd Ward and J. J. Lankes in the United States, have given great impetus to what seems to be renewed interest in true book illustration.
St. Veronica’ Woodcut, Fifteenth Century HANS BURGKMAIR. ‘Maximilian I and Maria of Burgundy’ Woodcut HANS BURGKMAIR. ‘Madonna and Child’ Woodcut MICHEL WOHLGEMUTH. ‘The Glorification of God’s Son’ Woodcut HANS WAECHTLIN. ‘Annunciation’ Woodcut, Sixteenth Century LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER. ‘Christ and the Samaritan’ Woodcut LUCAS VAN LEYDEN. ‘Ahab and Isabel’ Woodcut, Sixteenth Century, Dutch School ANTON VON WORMS. ‘The Holy Family’ Woodcut, Sixteenth Century, Dutch School LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER.
500 Years of Illustration: From Albrecht Durer to Rockwell Kent by Howard Simon