The versatile artist Wallerant Vaillant (1623–1677) was a brilliant portraitist. In his 1658 etching of Johann Philipp von Schönborn (1605–1673), the left eye is made utterly convincing through the old trick of using a highlight in the black pupil to animate the sitter. Vaillant evidently had complete command of the etching needle, and the tiny dots, flecks and short lines are all applied manually rather than with a roulette tool.
Paul Coldwell: Temporarily Accessioned
- by Stephan Doering
- On Paul Coldwell's work "Temporarily Accessioned"
Hidden Lights: Sir John Soane’s Piranesis
- by Owen Hopkins
- Owen Hopkins on the effect of four Piranesi prints on the elusive architecture of Sir John Soane.
- by Roger Kneebone
- Surgeon Roger Kneebone examines the depiction of medical care in Barbara Hepworth’s Concourse 2 (1948)
On Louise Bourgeois’ The Reticent Child and Shame
- by Tanja Staechler
- Tanja Staehler and Phineas Jennings on Louise Bourgeois
Recommended Reading for the Print-Curious PART II
- by Susan Tallman
- Part II of our recommended books on prints