Landscape with Wooded Bluffs and a Watermill
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Landscape with Wooded Bluffs and a Watermill 16th century
This image was produced using mixture of drawing and printing techniques. Certain parts of this drawing derive directly from a woodcut print of Saint Jerome in the Wilderness that was designed by Titian. A print made from that woodcut was cut up while still wet, and faint impressions were made from those parts on this sheet. The bank of trees and some of the rocky foreground here were made this way, and the artist then sketched in the remaining landscape and watermill with his pen. There was a high market demand for landscape drawings in Venice during the period that this was produced. It is not known, however, exactly why composite prints or drawings such as this one were made.

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Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Woodcut

A print made from an image carved into a block of wood cut along the grain. Blank areas are cut away leaving an image in relief from which a print is made.

Print, Woodcut

Details

  • Acc. No. RSA 20
  • Medium Pen and brown ink on paper (faded)
  • Size 24.90 x 26.60 cm
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy on loan 1966