The impressions of this print are often known to be heavily inked, which accounts for the particularly dark lines seen here.
Woodcuts, the earliest printmaking technique, are known to date from the early fifteenth century. The woodcut is a relief method of printing. The image is conceived negatively so that the artist cuts (carves) around what is to be printed. Then ink is spread on top of the block of wood, leaving the carved grooves clean, […]
This print is one of twenty from a series on the Life of the Virgin. It was issued in book form accompanied by Latin text. Many impressions exist without the text, however, as seen here.