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Saint Michael

A work made of engraving (niello) in black on tan laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving (niello) in black on tan laid paper.

Date:

n.d.

Artist:

Artist unknown
Florence, 15th/16th centuries

About this artwork

This tiny engraving may have been printed from a precious metal plate that was part of a larger decorative—possibly liturgical—object. The so-called niello print is thought to have originated in Italy and was made on a gold or silver plate engraved with a burin. The lines would be filled with niello, a thick black metal alloy that contrasted with the precious metals, and then nailed to a larger vessel. One or two proof impressions using ink and paper could be taken beforehand without damaging the engraving plate.

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Prints and Drawings

Title

Saint Michael

Origin

Italy

Date

1400–1599

Medium

Engraving (niello) in black on tan laid paper

Dimensions

45 × 45 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Bernard F. Rogers, Sr.

Reference Number

1935.132

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email . Information about image downloads and licensing is available here.

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