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Hoisington, Rena M.
Aquatint : from its origins to Goya / Rena M. Hoisington.
Washington : National Gallery of Art ; Princeton : In association with Princeton University Press, [2021]
Physical Description:
vii, 279 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimile, portraits ; 27 cm
Reference Library
NE2230 .H657 2021 (LC)
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Catalogue for the exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, October 24, 2021 - February 21, 2022.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"Driven by a growing interest in collecting and multiplying drawings, artists and amateurs in the eighteenth century sought a new technique capable of replicating the subtlety of ink, wash, and watercolor. They devised an innovative and versatile new medium--aquatint--which would spread in use across Europe within a few decades, its distinctive dark tones making possible a remarkable variety of ingenious imagery. In this illuminating book, Rena M. Hoisington traces how the aquatint technique flourished as a cross-cultural and cosmopolitan phenomenon that contributed to the rise of art publishing, connoisseurship, leisure travel, drawing instruction, and the popularity of neoclassicism. She offers new insights into sophisticated experiments by artists such as Francisco Goya, Maria Catharina Prestel, Paul Sandby, and Jean-Baptiste Le Prince. Marvelously illustrated with rare works from the National Gallery of Art's collection of early aquatints, this engaging book provides a fresh look at how printmaking contributed to a vibrant exchange of information and ideas in Europe during the Enlightenment. Published in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Exhibition Schedule National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC October 24, 2021-February 21, 2022" --Amazon.com.
Subject Terms:
Aquatint -- Exhibitions.
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Prints -- Washington (D.C.) -- Exhibitions.
exhibition catalogs.
Exhibition catalogs.
Exhibition catalogs.
Catalogues d'exposition.
National Gallery of Art (U.S.), host institution.

  • Aquatint and the less painful birth of the art book
  • Jean-Baptiste le Prince, the first aquatint celebrity
  • The "poor scribbles" of amateur Abbé de Saint-Non
  • Paul Sandby and the secret of aquatint reinvented in England
  • Giovanni David's aquatinted tour of the Veneto
  • The Prestels' pursuit of the ultimate drawing facsimile
  • Jean-Jacques Lagrenée II and the antique style
  • Francis Jukes and the professionalization of aquatint in England
  • Alexander Cozens and the extensive capacity of blots for teaching drawing
  • Francisco Goya and the transformative power of aquatint.