A current National Gallery exhibition, The Baroque Woodcut, features scores of master prints from the 16th and 17th centuries. The craftsmanship involved in woodcuts amazes me. (I tried my hand at woodcuts in an intaglio printmaking class in college, and they are not easy.)
The biggest piece in the show, Procession of the Doge in the Piazza San Marco, Venice by Jost Amman, was printed from 14 separate blocks for the image and five more for lettered text that runs across the top, the Washington Post reports. Most of the prints in the show are small, but they still command your attention.
The Baroque Woodcut is on display at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., until March 30, 2008.
Image of Herodias and Salome by Bartolomeo Coriolano after Guido Reni from the National Gallery.