The graphic arts as an instrument

Producing paintings is an elaborate and expensive matter. Only the medium of graphic prints enables them to spread among the entire population, including burgher households. Graphic reproduction is a perfect propaganda tool for the Church and rulers. It also makes the painters popular among the wider population. Thanks to large print runs, engravings and etchings become a lucrative business for many artists.


St George's Fair

Joannes and Lucas van Doetecum, after Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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The Shepherdess on the Donkey

Nicolaes Berchem

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Knife-grinder and Cobbler

Adriaen van Ostade

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The Fiddler and the Hurdy-gurdy Boy

Adriaen van Ostade

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