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Pasteprints

Elizabeth T. Coombs

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T065719

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[Ger. TeigdruckeFr. empreintes en pâte]

Rare category of small low relief images produced by covering a sheet of paper with one or more layers of material (referred to as the ‘paste’) and impressing it with a printing plate. Pasteprints were made mainly in southern Germany from the mid-15th century to the early 16th and usually depict saints, the Virgin and scenes of the life of Christ. Only c. 200 examples survive, many as unique impressions.

The simplest type of pasteprint has only a single layer of gum or resin varnish applied to a paper support and embossed with a metal plate. The design is picked out in black ink, applied during printing or later by hand. It may be decorated with hand-applied pigments, in details such as faces and drapery. More typically the pasteprint consists of alternating layers of varnish and tin leaf. The tin leaf above the varnish was often made to simulate gold by glazing with an organic pigment, then embossed and inked, sometimes with additional hand-colouring....

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Subjects: Prints and Printmaking

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