"Burnishing the Night: Baroque to Contemporary Mezzotints from the Collection"

John Martin, "The Fall of Babylon". (1831).
John Martin, "The Fall of Babylon". (1831).

Long before there were brooding post-rock album covers, there were early 18th century artists like Thomas Frye and John Martin who depicted eerie scenes with the help of a process called mezzotint. Mezzotint engraving allowed artists to burnish soft highlights and volume into a textured copper plate that would otherwise print in a solid tone. "Burnishing the Night" collects a variety of mezzotint prints and books that could inspire your next 20-minute Godspeed-indebted opus.

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