A History of Prints



This course will give you an outline of the evolution of graphic works and the role of the print in the history of art, from the Renaissance to the 20th century, with a special focus on Rembrandt on the 350th anniversary of his death.

Through presentations, you will be able to differentiate between the graphic media of woodcut, engraving, etching, aquatint, linocut and lithography, as well as recognise different types of paper and collectors marks. Special emphasis will be given to masters such as Dürer, Rembrandt , Goya and Picasso, who in their extensive body of printed works revolutionised the expressive and technical potential of printmaking, creating some of their greatest masterpieces in any medium.

In addition to the art historical side, the nature of a print specialist’s work will be discussed, involving establishing the authenticity of a print, judging the quality of impression, rarity, and condition, and valuing it accordingly. Technicalities inherent in printmaking will be elucidated, i.e. the states of a print, proofs and editions, papers used, watermarks, and paper restoration.

We will also look at print collecting. Your tutor Natasha Broad currently consults on Old Master Prints at Sotheby's. She has edited and contributed to the annual 'Old Masters' catalogues of the Amsterdam gallery, Salomon Lilian, since 2005 and has worked as an art historical researcher at both Johnny van Haeften Ltd and The Weiss Gallery in London. Prior to that, she was an old master and modern print specialist for five years, and an old master picture cataloguer at Christie's.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This course offered online through ‘Zoom’ or ‘Teams’ will include slide presentations during which questions may be posed to the learners by the tutor and by the learners to the tutor. Observations, debate and further questions will be encouraged and materials will be shared by email. The class may divide up into groups to consider different aspects of the images, encouraging independent and creative responses to art.


Student Enrolment Team at Morley College London
Morley College London - Waterloo Centre
61 Westminster Bridge Road
Lambeth, London
Greater London

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
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4 weeks (2:00pm to 4:30pm)


27th April 2021

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