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Res Papirea: Mantegna’s Paper Things

A close study of Mantegna's Entombment engraving reveals how Mantegna inscribed into the facture of his engravings their ephemerality and destruction. Mantegna's prints introduced a new paper form of perpetuation into western European art, a form of continuation founded not in the endurance of the material but in the kinesis of the material. Through this movement, Mantegna's engravings were translated into other mediums and achieved a new form of continuation reliant not on the original but on the act of copying.
Relevant research areas: Western Europe, Renassiance, Engraving