Copies, Fakes, and Reproductions: Printmaking in the Renaissance

Artistic training in the Renaissance involved drawing, or copying, from nature, from antique sculptures and from the work of other acclaimed artists.  While Raphael and Michelangelo were painting for the Popes in Rome, skilled printmakers such as Marcantonio Raimondi and Giorgio Ghisi were widely disseminating the painters’ famous compositions through the relatively new medium of engraving.  Not all artists, however, wanted their creations reproduced by others.  This exhibition will present works which showcase the various intentions behind copies, ranging from collaborations between designers and printmakers to the unauthorized copies of Albrecht Dürer’s woodcuts, which resulted in a landmark legal decision against image piracy.

This exhibition is organized by Holly Borham, Assistant Curator, Prints and Drawings, Blanton Museum of Art

Image Credit

[Left Image]
Albrecht Dürer
St. Thomas, 1514 (detail)
4 9/16 x 2 15/16 in.
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Gift of the children of L.M. Tonkin, 1966

[Right Image]
Johann Ladenspelder
St. Thomas, circa 1535 – 1561 (detail)
4 7/16 x 2 7/8 in.
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, University Purchase, 1961

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Blanton Museum of Art (BMA)
200 MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD E, Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Arts & Humanities


All Departments

Target Audience

General Public



Included with Admission, Free with UT ID

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