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Platemark: Prints and the Printmaking Ecosystem

Platemark is a podcast about art and ideas. Hosted by Ann Shafer and Ben Levy, formerly colleagues at the Baltimore Museum of Art, conversations focus on museums, curating, critiques, value (market/conceptual), the Western canon, and prints and printmaking.

Dec 21, 2021

In s2e9, co-hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig continue their conversation about early Italian printmaking with a strong focus on the engravings of Andrea Mantegna. They also talk about chiaroscuro woodcuts, always keeping the North within eyesight.

Episode image: Andrea Mantegna (Italian, c. 1431–1506). Risen Christ...

Dec 7, 2021

In s2e8, co-hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig talk about the early history of prints and books in Italy, comparing it to Northern Europe. Differences in style and materials are discussed using the example of Masaccio's The Holy Trinity with the Virgin and St. John and donors, 1425–27, the fresco painting in chapel...

Nov 23, 2021

In s2e7, co-hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig discuss intaglio printmaking techniques, which include engraving, etching, mezzotint, and drypoint. They also talk about aquatint and other methods of getting an image incised into a copper plate. Images related to the episode are at

Nov 10, 2021

In s2e6, co-hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig discuss relief printmaking techniques, which include woodcuts and linoleum cuts. They also talk about reduction woodcuts, aka suicide woodcuts.

Nov 9, 2021

In s2e5, co-hosts Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig talk about paper as a support and the ink that is transferred from a matrix. Without these two materials, prints wouldn't exist.