During the last quarter of the 15th century,
prints such as etchings, woodcuts and engravings gained some prominence among
the pictorial arts as printmakers began to adopt the formal vocabulary of
painters and sculptors. At the same time,
they began to shed their anonymity as craftsmen as they worked more
independently, becoming Masters of their local artist’s guilds. Many of these Masters, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach
among them, worked in other mediums, but it was their prints that created their
international reputations. Their works
on paper could achieve a wider distribution than their paintings.
Old Master Prints of the 15th and 16th Centuries: Selections from the Art Museum Collection focuses on the German Old Masters and their role in the evolution of European printmaking.
Funded by UW Art Museum Gala Funds
Left: Lucas Cranach (German, 1472-1553), The Martyrdom of St. James the Greater, c. 1512, woodcut, 6-5/16 x 5 inches, Anna Hoyt Mavor Collection, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1973.9
Right: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528), The Resurrection, not dated, woodcut, 4-15/16 x 3-13/16 inches, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1983.149.2