Rembrandt van Rijn, Adam and Eve, 1638, etching, 6.4" x 4.6", Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Just a Second: Etching

Etching (noun)

A technique of printmaking in which an artist scratches a waxy resin from the surface of a metal plate and the plate is then dipped in acids to “carve” the exposed metal to create the image on the plate.  The etched plate is then inked and run through a printing press.

Rembrandt was the leading artist working with the etching technique during the Baroque Era.  The technique allowed him to highlight his distinctive and unusual drawing style, as it does in his print of Adam and Eve.


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