Prints in Northern Europe: History, Processes & Functions


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What are old master prints?

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1. How does woodcut printing work?

2. What is the main difference between woodcut and engraving?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

During the 15th and 16th centuries, a number of new techniques and technological innovations allowed the art of printmaking to develop and flourish in Northern Europe. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you understand the history of printmaking, different techniques and materials artists used to produce prints and factors that made prints a popular form of art.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The process of woodcut printing
  • The definition of old master prints
  • The method used to produce prints from engravings
  • The introduction of perspective, shading and other techniques to printmaking
  • Artists who advanced 16th century printmaking

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows you to test the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on the art of printmaking during the Northern European Renaissance
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the effects achieved through woodblock printing and engraving
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to explain how printmaking evolved during the Northern Renaissance

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, Prints in Northern Europe: History, Processes & Functions. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the art of printmaking
  • List some of the factors that encouraged the growth of this art form
  • Explain the significance of printmaking to Northern Renaissance artists
  • Describe the evolution of 16th century printmaking
  • List some of the leaders of Northern European printmaking and the innovations they brought to this art