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European Beginnings

A curated selection of rare fine prints by European Old Masters available from leading galleries.


In the 15th century, the invention of the printing press enabled people to share knowledge more quickly and widely. Knowledge is power. The early subject matters of early European printmaking were religious with day to day scenes of life becoming more common in the 16th century.


Printmaking was revolutionary because it made it easier for artist to express their art more to the audience, a way to duplicate things instead of redoing it from scratch, a way for artist to expand their imagination and mind, and it was easier for the people to obtain their art.