Art Term


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

Lucian Freud, ‘Girl with a Fig Leaf’ 1947
Lucian Freud
Girl with a Fig Leaf 1947
© The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Intaglio methods


Etching is a printmaking technique that uses chemical action to produce incised lines in a metal printing plate which then ...


Drypoint is a printmaking process in which a design is drawn on a plate with a sharp, pointed needle-like instrument


Engraving is a printmaking technique that involves making incisions into a metal plate which retain the ink and form the ...

Wood engraving

A printmaking method distinct from woodcut in that the line is incised into the woodblock, rather than the background being ...

Selected artworks in the collection

Giorgio Morandi Hilltop at Evening


After Joseph Mallord William Turner Tornaro, engraved by R. Wallis

published 1834