X is for Xylography


Word for the day: xylography—the art of making engravings on wood especially for printing.

In other words, a woodcut.

The master of woodcuts was Albrecht Dürer (1472-1528), a German painter and printmaker during the Renaissance.

Here are some examples I saw at a special exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum last year:


The Adoration of the Magi


Detail of The Adoration of the Magi


The Annunciation


Detail of The Annunciation

The complexity in Dürer’s work is amazing, especially when you consider that he carved away everything except what you see–thin lines, dashes, intricate folds and feathers…

You can see his initials (the stylized A surrounding the D) in the details.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.