Grand Scale Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian Larry Silver, Suzanne Boorsch, Lilian Armstrong, Alison Stewart, Stephen Goddard, Elizabeth Wyckoff

Publication date:
27 Jun 2008
Yale University Press
176 pages: 279 x 267mm
62 b-w + 45 color illus. + 2 gatefolds

Grand Scale brings to light rare surviving examples of mural-size prints—a Renaissance art form nearly lost from historical record. The most famous 16th-century woodcuts, engravings, and etchings were those done on an intimate scale. Yet artists also worked in another entire category of print production, producing mural-size prints that sometimes reached as high as ten feet. This handsome book, which features nearly fifty examples from Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, explores these multi-block woodcut and multi-plate engraving ensembles as vital contributions to the visual culture of their time. Comprising five essays, Grand Scale documents the relationship of monumental prints to the history of prints in general and also to mapmaking, painting, and book illustration, while addressing image design and modular printing from multiple, repeating blocks.

Larry Silver is Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Wyckoff is Assistant Director and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College.

Suzanne Boorsch is Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Yale University Art Gallery. Lilian Armstrong is Professor of Art Emerita, Wellesley College. Alison Stewart is Associate Professor of Art History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Stephen Goddard is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence.

"The catalog beautifully illustrates each of the 47 prints and includes five scholarly essays on aspects of Renaissance visual culture."óMaine Antique Digest

"This volume is a welcome stimulus to an important, fascinating subject that scholars will find has much left to explore. Recommended."óChoice

"The catalogue creates and treats a category that has often been overlooked due to the rarity and unwieldiness of these awesome, erotic, almost always tour-de-force specimens of drawing, carving, and printing."óEvelyn Lincoln, Renaissance Quarterly

"The catalogue essays range from broad overviews . . . to case studies of a sort, so that together they present a solid introduction to some fascinating and understudied material. Accessible enough for newcomers to the study of prints, the essays are nevertheless full of new insights for print specialists."—Susan Maxwell, Sixteenth Century Journal