The art of old master prints

Printmaking is a technical process used to transfer an image to a piece of paper, after it has first been incised and inked on a prepared printing surface.The world of old master prints is a fascinating one, replete with masterpieces that stand out because of the technical expertise and aesthetic organization of the artist, and the beauty and expressive force of the image itself. These are some of the qualities of the prints that bring together this part of the collection, focused on works of great masters of the history of European printmaking – Dürer, Van Leyden, Goltzius, Muller, Sadeler, Rembrandt, Ribera, Canaletto, Tiepolo, Piranesi or Goya, among others. The works are grouped into four secctions: appreciation and values; small masterpieces, large engravings, and Light, shadows and colour.

Appreciation and values
The quality of the impression and its rarity are two of the most important aspects in judging...
Small masterpieces
These are very small prints, works that can only be fully appreciated...
Large engravings
The burin is a steel cutting tool used to incise copper by applying pressure...
Light, shadows and colour
One of the most notable features of antique prints, in aesthetic terms...