Materials & Techniques

Engraving (printmaking)

Engravings are produced by carving a plate with a burin, a metal tool with a sharp point.

Excerpt from

Emily Schiller, Visions of America exhibition gallery text, 2016.

Web Resources

  • The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650
    This exhibition website offers close-up views of several works and allows visitors to analyze each artist's technique. In addition, there is a video demonstration of the engraving process by Andrew Rafferty, Associate Professor of Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design.

  • Inside Albrecht Dürer's Studio- Engraving
    Watch this demonstration and explanation of the engraving process created by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for the exhibition, The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer (November 14, 2010- March 13, 2011).