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Forthcoming Presentations

'Printing in Colour', presentation during the Summer University The Plantin Press and the Religious Book, Ruusbroec Institute, Antwerp, 28 June–2 July 2021, at Wednesday 30 June 2021.

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Recent Publications


Jacob Christoff Le Blon and Trichromatic Printing, comp. by Ad Stijnman, with a contribution by Helen Wyld, ed. by Simon Turner, 2 parts, Ouderkerk aan den IJssel: Sound & Vision Publishers, in co-operation with The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 2020, 2 parts in full colour (The New Hollstein Dutch & Flemish Etchings, Engravings and Woodcuts 1450–1700)

§ Annotated compilation of all the colour prints (and two in b&w) produced by the workshops of Jacob Christoff Le Blon (1667–1741), inventor of trichromatic (blue/yellow/red) printing, and the prints by his first two pupils the brothers Jan L'Admiral (1699–1773) and Jacob L'Admiral Jr (1700–1770).

Contains an introduction on the developments of Le Blon's printing in three, but occasionally also four and five colours (part I, pp. xxv–ciii, figs 1–76). With a contribution by Helen Wyld on 'Jacob Christoff Le Blon's Secret for Weaving Tapestry' (part I, pp. cv–cxxi, figs 1a–13b). With ten Appendices, including Bert van de Roemer's transcription of the 'Manuscript of the diary of the visit by the Von Uffenbach brothers to Le Blon in Amsterdam in 1711' (part I, pp. cxxvi–cxxviii, fig. 77).

For a preview, including the contents, click here (PDF, 5.3MB).

Nadine Orenstein and Ad Stijnman, ‘Bitten with Spirit: Etching Materials and Techniques in the Sixteenth Century’, in Catherine Jenkins, Nadine M. Orenstein, and Freyda Spira, The Renaissance of Etching, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Haven, London: Yale University Press, 2019, pp. 15–23: 9 fig.

§ The exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum, New York, is from 23 October 2019 to 20 January 2020, after which it moves to the Albertina, Vienna, from 12 February to 10 May 2020, extended to 18 October 2020.

The volume was awarded the IFPDA Foundation 2020 Book Award.

Ad Stijnman, 'Dans l'atelier du maître: les techniques de gravure de Rembrandt', in Jaco Rutgers, Ad Stijnman, Rembrandt graveur: la comédie humain, Grenoble: Éditions Glénat, 2019, pp. 28–39.

§ Discusses the etching and printing techniques of Rembrandt van Rijn, with references to posthumous works and falsifications, for the catalogue of the collection of Rembrandt prints of the Fonds Glénat, Grenoble:

Ad Stijnman, ‘Medienästhetik’, in Medienphantasie und Medienreflexion in der Frühen Neuzeit: Festschrift für Jörg Jochen Berns, hrsg. von Thomas Rahn und Hole Rößler, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2018 (Wolfenbütteler Forschungen, hrsg. von der Herzog August Bibliothek; Bd. 157), pp. 403–405: 1 Abb. (download here, PDF 146KB) + Medienästhetik, etching on blue Zerkall paper, 2018, ed. of 50, going with 50 copies of the Festschrift.

Elizabeth Savage & Ad Stijnman, ‘Une histoire des matériaux et techniques de l'impression en couleur en Occident’ = ‘A History of Materials and Techniques for Western Colour Printing’, in Under the Rainbow, Lausanne: ECAL, 2018, pp. 171–220, 10 fig.

Ad Stijnman, ‘Septem Peccata Mortalia: A Newly Found First State of a Xylographic Single Sheet Text 1470–80’, in Wolfenbütteler Notizen zur Buchgeschichte 42, 1/2 (2017), ed. Andrea Opitz, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2018, pp. 45–62, 6 Fig.

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