Grand Scale


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Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian

Edited by Larry Silver and Elizabeth Wyckoff; With essays by Lilian Armstrong, Suzanne Boorsch, Stephen Goddard, and Alison Stewart

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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.

Published in association with the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College

Exhibition Schedule:

Davis Museum and Cultural Center (March 19 – June 8, 2008)

Yale University Art Gallery (September 9 – November 30, 2008) 

Philadelphia Museum of Art (January 31 – April 26, 2009)

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.


Davis Museum and Cultural Center (March 19 – June 8, 2008)

Yale University Art Gallery (September 9 – November 30, 2008) 

Philadelphia Museum of Art (January 31 – April 26, 2009)

"Grand Scale aptly lives up to its name. Sure to please any print aficionado, this is a beautiful volume that not only includes excellent reproductions but a wealth of scholarly information that places the making of prints in a larger context."—Art Times

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

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

“What amazes is the work’s intricacy – from Dürer’s uniquely elaborate 192-block glorification of an emperor (the Triumphal Arch of Maximilian) to wallpaper production . . . The 16th century was an epoch of vast engraving proficiency, as this luxurious catalogue . . . shows.” — Michael Blaker, Printmaking Today

"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."—Evelyn 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
ISBN: 9780300138795
Publication Date: September 2, 2008
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College
176 pages, 10 1/2 x 11
62 b/w + 45 color illus. + 2 gatefolds
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