Impeccable Taste: Seventeenth-Century Ornamental Design in Print

Exhibition Dates: 
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019 to Sunday, Dec 22, 2019

Impeccable Taste: Seventeenth-Century Ornamental Design in Print


Designs for the ornamentation of fabrics, furniture, jewelry, armor, and a variety of other materials are of fundamental importance to the history of Western printmaking. Indeed, the techniques of woodcut, engraving, and etching all originated in methods for creating decoration on media other than paper. The seventeenth century saw a remarkable flourishing of printed designs, which disseminated elite tastes and sophisticated craftsmanship to wider audiences than ever before. This exhibition will feature an array of printed designs for lavishly embellished architectural elements, woodworking and carpentry, jewelry, and other personal luxury objects.

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