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Intaglio Printmaking

Intaglio comes from the Italian word intagliare meaning ‘to incise.’ The lines or areas that hold the ink are incised below the surface of the plate, and printing relies on the pressure of a press to force damp paper into these recessed lines, to pick up ink.

Etching and engraving are intaglio methods of printmaking; etching uses acid where engraving does not. Drypoint, line engraving and mezzotint are a type of engraving.

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