Tiffany Johnson Bidler is an Assistant Professor of Art at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. [May 2014]

Ornament Doesn’t Need Little Flowers: Anton Würth and Engraving in the 21st Century

Fig. 1. Robert Nanteuil and Gilles Rousselet, Louis XIV, en buste, au centre d’une composition allégorique (Portrait bust of Louis XIV at the center of an allegorical composition) (1667) and Anton Würth, N-Predella III (2012), engraving, 66.5 x 75.6 cm. Image courtesy C.G. Boerner and the artist.

Anton Würth is a contemporary German artist who employs the antiquated and labor-intensive medium of engraving to dismantle the pictorial conventions denoting power. A group of prints recently on view at the Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame document his engagement with the 17th-century engraver Robert Nanteuil, best known for his portraits of the court of Louis XIV. Read More