Intaglio describes any  printmaking technique in which the image is produced by incising into the printing plate – the incised line or area holds the ink and creates the image

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  • Lucian Freud, 'Girl with a Fig Leaf' 1947
    Lucian Freud
    Girl with a Fig Leaf 1947
    Intaglio print on paper
    image: 298 x 238 mm
    frame: 556 x 475 x 26 mm
    Purchased 1988© The Lucian Freud Archive
  • Giorgio Morandi, 'Hilltop at Evening' 1928
    Giorgio Morandi
    Hilltop at Evening 1928
    Intaglio print on paper
    image: 140 x 244 mm
    Presented by Senor and Senora Jose Luis Plaza 1979© DACS, 2002
  • after Joseph Mallord William Turner, 'Tornaro, engraved by R. Wallis' published 1834
    after Joseph Mallord William Turner
    Tornaro, engraved by R. Wallis published 1834
    Engraving on paper
    Transferred from the British Museum 1988

Intaglio methods include etching, drypoint, engraving and wood engraving.