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When used before an artist's name in descriptions of a work of art, for example ‘after Rubens’, it denotes that the design or painting is of a later date and made in direct imitation of a known work by Rubens. In the context of reproductive printmaking, ‘after’ preceding an artist's name denotes the original design was by him but the print was made by another, i.e. a specialist printmaker.

Subjects: Art.

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