In search of immortality: William Blake's monotype of Isaac Newton as divine geometer (c.1804-5)

In search of immortality: William Blake's monotype of Isaac Newton as divine geometer

Trace Monotype (also known as transfer drawing) is a direct-drawing printmaking technique. After inking a plate, paper is placed on top of the inky surface. Using a pen, stick or any other stylus, the image is drawn on the back of the paper. The pressure of the drawing tool picks up a line of ink on the paper as the pen bears down. When the paper is peeled off the plate, the lines appear on the paper. Usually a second print is pulled by printing the remaining ink on the plate.

When the paper is peeled off the plate, the lines appear on the paper. Usually a second print is pulled by printing the remaining ink on the plate. The second print yields a negative impression of the first print.

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione Italian, 1609-1664, The Creation of Adam using a subtractive scratching method

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione - The Creation of Adam. circa Monotype (dark manner) in black on ivory laid paper.

The monotype process was invented by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–64) normally working from black to white.

Monotype by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. Historically the first monotype was attributed to Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione

Michael Gettings- "The human figure, allegory, myth, and the appropriation of other artist’s compositions are elements in my work. I aim to update traditional stories to conform to contemporary times and culture. In addition, I am striving to create a new method to visually express figurative storytelling. Breaking from the traditional flat painting surface, I use multiple shaped panels. The surface is broken into different shaped panels at varying distances from each other and from the…

Michael Gettings- "The human figure, allegory, myth, and the appropriation of other artist’s compositions are elements in my work. I aim to update traditional stories to conform to contemporary times and culture. In addition, I am striving to create a new method to visually express figurative storytelling. Breaking from the traditional flat painting surface, I use multiple shaped panels. The surface is broken into different shaped panels at varying distances from each other and from the…

William blake "pity" consisting of paint on gessoed millboard, with each impression then finished by hand. By this unusual means Blake could obtain up to three impressions from a single painting.

artwork: William Blake - "Pity", circa 1795 - Colour print finished in ink and watercolour on paper - Tate collection. On view at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art in "William Blake and British Visionary Art" from November until February

contemporary artist     Paul DeRuvo, Bathtub, Monotype  i like the colours and layering that allows tone and definition to into the print, giving a realistic impression.

contemporary artist Paul DeRuvo, Bathtub, Monotype i like the colours and layering that allows tone and definition to into the print, giving a realistic impression.


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