Wine & Art Gallery_The history of the Engravings
The history of Engravings
Engraving is a printing technique that involves making incisions into a metal plate which retains the ink and forms the printed image. The design is manually engraved on a plate, usually made of copper, using a burin, an engraving tool similar to a very fine chisel with a lozenge- shaped tip. The burin makes incisions into the metal at different angles and with a varying pressure that determines the quantity of ink the line can contain, consequently producing variations in width and darkness during printing. The metal engraving technique dates back to classical antiquity when it was used to decorate objects. However it was not until about 1430 in Germany that engraved plates began to be used for making prints. Etching is a printmaking process that uses acid instead than a burin to etch a metal plate.