By Howard Simon
For operating artists and scholars alike, this is often an unequalled treasury of the equipment, innovations, and examples of serious illustrators from the sunrise of printing to the 20 th century. that includes works through Goya, Hogarth, Dürer, Morris, Doré, Beardsley, and others, it serves as a reference in addition to a pleasant shopping ebook.
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When he died a lifetime of tremendous labor was rewarded with a pauper’s grave. WILLIAM BLAKE. The engraving on this page and the following ten plates are from The Book of Job, illustrated, engraved and printed by William Blake FRANCISCO JOSÉ DE GOYA Y LUCIENTES 1746-1828 THE WORKS of Goya are a mirror of his country and his times. Spain of the Eighteenth Century was a land filled with abuses, drenched with blood, decaying with a stench that filled the entire continent of Europe. Into a royal court peopled by harlots and weaklings, strode a stocky peasant, who by means of his singular genius was to etch for all time a history of the ghastly comedy that was the Spain of Charles the Fourth.
He was a skillful and conscientious craftsman, and to him is attributed the first decorative title page. He was also the first to print in color, using two impressions of the press and improving upon the laborious hand coloring that preceded it. To John Froben, printer of Basle and friend of the great scholar Erasmus, may be credited the discovery of Hans Holbein. Froben employed Holbein to make many of the illustrations for the books printed by him between 1518 and 1524. Antoine Verard was the most important figure in early French printing.
The illustrations for it have been attributed, at one time or another, to almost all the Renaissance masters, Raphael and Mantegna among them. After these come the realists of the Eighteenth Century: Hogarth, the moralist and the mordant, romantic Goya who was not a book illustrator but whose influence in illustration still is felt strongly. In the Nineteenth Century appeared Cruikshank, interpreter extraordinary of Dickens; Toulouse-Lautrec, biting satirist, and Aubrey Beardsley, fantastic, simple and complicated by turn.