Intaglio - Intaglio print - Printing - Printmaking


Intaglio is a printmaking technique in which an image is incised or engraved into a surface, typically a metal plate such as copper or zinc. The incised lines or areas hold the ink, and the plate is wiped clean on the surface, leaving ink only in the recessed areas. The plate is then pressed onto paper under high pressure, transferring the ink and creating the print. Intaglio includes various methods such as engraving, etching, drypoint, and aquatint. It allows for intricate detail, rich tonal variation, and a wide range of expressive possibilities in printmaking. The resulting prints often have a characteristic tactile quality due to the ink being slightly raised on the paper.