Corona delle Nobile et Virtuose Donne, Libro Terzo, page 2 (recto)
Designed by Cesare Vecellio, Italian, Pieve di Cadore 1521-1601 Venice, Venice, published by Alessandro de' Vecchi, Italian, active 17th century, Venice.Dedication page printed in black with illustrated woodcut initial "S".
Cesare Vecellio (Italian, Pieve di Cadore 1521–1601 Venice) , Venice
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.