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16th Century Engravings

Lucien Goldschmidt Gallery

Lucien Goldschmidt’s overview of “16th Century Engravings” will open fresh areas of speculation while it reacquaints the connoisseur with a wide group of North European klein Meister—including Aldegrever, the two Beham, Goltzius, Pencz, Sadeler, not to mention such famous names as Peter Brueghel the Elder or Lucas van Leyden. The term is generally taken to refer to a body of expert practitioners who had grown up in the shadow of a great figure and who, while not especially altering his legacy, preserved it with admirable conscientiousness and virtuoso proficiency. But in this case the term klein Meister must also be employed with regard to the actual size of the works. The majority are barely inches; many are scarcely even that. Such a dedication to littleness intensifies peculiar graphic qualities—preciousness, minuteness, and, considering that the works had first to be engraved on copper

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