The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480–1650

4/09/2010-6/20/2010
Main Gallery

Brilliant LineDetail of Claude Mellan, Death of Adonis, ca. 1630s, engraving. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth.

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.

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.

Support for the exhibition and catalogue has been generously provided by The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, with additional funds from the International Fine Print Dealers Association; The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works; and Tru Vue, Inc.

Its presentation at the Block Museum has been made possible by the Myers Foundations; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and generous individual contributions.