An exhibition in Pittsburgh is celebrating artists that revolutionized printmaking. Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces From the Renaissance to Baroque at the Carnegie Museum of Art chronicles the development of printmaking as a legitimate art form.
In its earliest forms, printmaking was used for religious purposes, with sheets often given to pilgrims at monasteries and shrines. By 1500, printmaking techniques such as woodcut and etching gained the attention of many fine artists. Included in the exhibition are more than 200 works, many of them by some of the best-known artists of the Renaissance era and beyond, including Rembrandt, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Piranesi.