Andrew Raftery, detail from Scene 2, Dining Room from Open House: Five Engraved Scenes (2008).

Art at the Threshold: An Inch in Andrew Raftery’s Open House

Bill Thompson, detail from Edition (2015).

Prix de Print No. 15: Edition by Bill Thompson

Agostino Lauro, detail from Portrait of the Engraver’s Daughter (1845).

Agostino Lauro and the Strange Engraver’s Daughter

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, detail from Christ Preaching (La petite Tombe) (ca. 1652).

Drawing in the Dirt at the Feet of Christ: Rembrandt

  • Käthe Kollwitz and the Face of Grief

    Käthe Kollwitz, detail from Woman with Dead Child (1903), etching, drypoint, sandpaper and soft-ground on paper, 40.3 × 47 cm. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. 2015.15.

    Käthe Kollwitz, detail from Woman with Dead Child (1903), etching, drypoint, sandpaper and soft-ground on paper, 40.3 × 47 cm. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. 2015.15.

    I have long been drawn to the large-scale intaglio print Woman with Dead Child (1903) by Käthe Kollwitz, a trenchant image of grief and loss. But the animal-like nature of the woman’s face, virtually unique in Kollwitz’s oeuvre, has always puzzled me …Read more

  • An Infinite Inch: A Reflection on Vivien Bittencourt’s Palatino

    There was once a world. And once, this place was home to the culture that ruled that world. It seemed, then, that it was the whole world, although later it would be revealed that the world was much greater than was then imagined …Read more

  • A Bit of Something White in Joseph Kidd’s Jamaican View

    The colored vignette is over 15 inches high, centered on a page with generous borders. So why is the subject of the “meaty” detail in the middle of the foreground so hard to identify? It is small, but not that small …Read more

  • St. Anthony’s Toes: Following Dürer’s Line

    A postcard of Dürer’s 1519 engraving of St. Anthony at its original size has been pinned to the wall near my working desk for years, during which time I have gradually summoned the courage to embark on the old-fashioned exercise of copying the print …Read more