Séverine Lepape is the curator in charge of the Réserve of the department of prints and photographs at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. She works more specifically on XVth and French XVIth century prints. She has published various articles on French woodcuts of the second half of the XVIth century, and she is preparing a exhibition at the Musée du Louvre on Northern Fifteenth century prints (Fall 2013). [November 2012]

When Assemblage Makes Sense: An Example of a Coffret à Estampe

Coffrets à estampe in the collection of the Department of Prints and Photographs, Bibliothèque national de France (BnF).

In a time of digital images, tweets, posts and SMS, it is especially meaningful when one engages with the physical substance of objects from the past. In comparison with sculpture, painting or architecture, prints inhabit a distinct kind of materiality. An object in two dimensions supporting an image, the print was and still is often discussed as either a simple vehicle of iconographic content or as the servile assistant to some more ‘noble’ art like painting or drawing. But as all connoisseurs of the medium know, the realization of a print requires as many interventions, implements and materials as a marble bust, an easel painting or a pastel drawing. Read More