Bust profile portrait of Catherine de' Medici in an ornamented frame,from 'Portraits of some princes and illustrious people' ('Ritratti di alcuni prencipi, et huomini illustri'; also titled 'Imagines quorundam principum et illustrium virorum'), published by Bolognino Zaltieri in Venice in 1568
Printmaking in woodcut and engraving came to Northern Italy within a few decades of their invention north of the Alps. Engraving probably came first to Florence in the 1440s, the goldsmith Maso Finiguerra (1426–64) used the technique. Italian engraving caught the very early Renaissance, 1460–1490. Print copying was a widely accepted practice, as well as copying of paintings viewed as images in their own right.