Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • Orpheus Charming the Beasts with His Music, late 15th century
    Peregrino da Cesena (Italian, active Bologna ca. 1490–1520)
    Niello print; plate 2 1/16 x 1 3/16 in. (5.2 x 3 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1928 (28.97.99)

    The earliest known Italian engravings are niello prints, impressions made on paper of small, incised silver plaques that, once the grooves were inlaid with a dark, enamel-like alloy, decorated household and liturgical objects. Originally used by goldsmiths to check work in progress, the prints soon became an end in themselves. Peregrino was one of the artists who engraved metal plates in the same style and at the same scale as the niello plaques specifically in order to create printed images.

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  • Orpheus Charming the Beasts with His Music, late 15th century
    Peregrino da Cesena (Italian, active Bologna ca. 1490–1520)
    Niello print; plate 2 1/16 x 1 3/16 in. (5.2 x 3 cm)
    Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1928 (28.97.99)

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