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Between the Lines: Trends in Early Modern Printmaking
May 1, 2008 - June 1, 2008
Zuckert Seminar Room
"A Beggar Seated on a Bank (Self-Portrait)", 1630 by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Dutch, 1606-1669, Etching, Museum Purchase, Robert and Karen Hoehn Museum of Art Program and Acquisition Fund, 2004.11

An exhibition curated by the students of Art History 216, “The Early Modern Printed Image.”  In the period between 1400 and 1700, European artists developed and perfected a variety of printmaking techniques, ranging from woodcuts to engravings and etchings. Drawing upon the significant holdings of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, this exhibition presents an overview of themes that were crucial to the prints of that period.  One section deals with the role of prints in the burgeoning dissemination of knowledge during the period; another addresses ways that prints defined social roles for men and women; a third deals with ways that printmakers copied, emulated, and surpassed the work of their predecessors.  It includes masterworks by such celebrated artists as Albrecht Dürer, Jacques Callot, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

"St. Michael Fighting the Dragon", 1496-1498 by Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471-1528, Woodcut, Gift of David P. Becker, Class of 1970, 1995.1