Appreciation and values

The quality of the impression and its rarity are two of the most important aspects in judging the value of a print. It makes sense that the finest impressions are the first ones to be made. The intensity and the sharpness of the black lines indicate that a print is a brilliant impression. Examples include Dürer’s woodcut of The Beast with Two Horns like a Lamb, which belongs to his Apocalypse series, and the prints of John the Baptist in the Desert by Claude Mellan, The Virgin Appearing to St. Simon Stock by Giandomenico Tiepolo, and Piranesi’s View of the Piazza del Popolo.

A proof state, such as the one of the portrait by Lempereur, is taken when the work is not yet finished. Because of its provisional nature, it is a type of print that has few copies. Of Mariano Salvador Maella’s etching of Rest on the Flight into Egypt, there are only four known proofs.