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Drawing, like printed graphics, is a genre of graphic art (from Greek gráphein, “to write”, “to draw”). However, whereas prints can be reproduced in runs of identical copies, every drawing is unique. Drawing works with points, lines, and surfaces, executed using instruments including pencils, pens, chalk, and brushes (see below, 3.). The contours (outlines) of the subject are often drawn with lin…

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Wagini, Susanne, “Drawing”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030671>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626

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