What is "intaglio" printing?
The Rmn-GP's chalcography worlshop operates a collection of 14,000 copper engraving (intaglio); it also preserves a hundred wood matrix (xylography) and stone (lithography)
Intaglio refers to all processes of engraving on a metal plate; the chisel and etching are the two engraving techniques most represented in the collection, next to aquatint and rotogravure.
The pattern for printing is inscribed in the printing element (unlike for engraving on the wood or linoleum, where the subject is in relief)
The printing of a copper is a serie of traditional gestures requiring mastery and know-how: setting the press, ink plate, ink wiping and press allowing the transfer of ink on the paper fiber.
The printer must ink the plate again and repeat each operation to obtain a new print.
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