Woodcuts

Woodcuts

Woodcutting is a relief printing method, in which the depiction is carved into a wooden block, forming a relief. Only contour lines are left on the surface of the block, with everything else being removed. What is printed is the image created by the lines, the rest of the surface is left blank. This technique was developed in the early 15th century in the region of Bavaria and Salzburg. Due to the materials used and the pressure that has to be applied to the block, the editions of these woodcuts were not very large.

Saints Barbara and Catherine, ca. 1410–1420, woodcut, 19.3 x 12.4 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Dietmar Katz
Saints Barbara and Catherine, ca. 1410–1420, woodcut, 19.3 x 12.4 cm © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett / Dietmar Katz