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
- Saint Michael
- Engraving (niello) in black on tan laid paper
- 45 × 45 mm
- Gift of Bernard F. Rogers, Sr.