chalcography


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chalcography

[kal′käg·rə·fē]
(graphic arts)
The art of copper engraving.
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Begun by the Sun King, Louis XIV, in 1660 as a way to memorialize his reign, the Chalcography collection offers diverse subject matter, from depictions of royal castles and residencies, animals, architecture and botanicals to religious art, chateaus, monuments, portraits and maps, among others.
According to Benedetti, engraving, and more specifically chalcography (printing with engraved metal plates), allows for visual and semantic experimentation that he calls, "a linguistic laboratory." He employs all the technical processes available as an alphabet to construct words, treating the elaboration of an image as an organic continuum--just like language.
Since then the collecting of bookplates, produced with just about every art medium known, including woodcut, wood-engraving, copper-engraving (known as chalcography; why does that word seem so familiar?), steel-engraving, etching, lithography, photography, etc., has thrived to the point that today a collection of bookplates exists, the property of a law professor at the University of London, William E.