Classic printmaking refers to the process of rendering an image on a ground, such as a copper plate, and then transferring it to a sheet of paper or other material. While multiple copies of prints are often created, each work is unique, as the image can vary due to inconsistencies inherent to the printmaking process. Engravings and etchings, which are forms of the intaglio process, are among the oldest methods of printmaking.
This grouping features examples of both techniques from the mid-17th century to the late 19th century, providing an excellent introduction to artistic variations within the medium. Highlights include works by Rembrandt van Rijn and James McNeill Whistler.