Virtual Middlebury


Prints are a unique medium in that, through the repeated printing of a plate or block, prints index their own histories. Most of the prints that we have today from plates made in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were likely pulled by hands not belonging to the artists who engraved, etched, and cut the plates themselves. Many, in fact, were printed posthumously, sometimes with interventions being made to the plates before reprintings by later artists and printers. The history of Rembrandt’s printing plates after the artist’s death is a fascinating one that has been outlined by Erik Hinterding, but this talk will focus on a few of Rembrandt’s posthumous printers, and how they engaged with the artist across time, through the medium of the diachronic printing plate. An examination of these prints will lead to broader discussions about authorship, artistic value, and the temporality of prints. FREE

Sponsored by:
History of Arts and Architecture; ENGAGED LISTENING PROJECT

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Davico, Michaela