Skip to main content

Old Engraving

Price
Shipping Options
Sort By
Hollyhocks with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: CIV. The plate shows: 'Sigmaarts-Kruid, Alcaea'. (Hollyhocks, Alcea) Description: This ver...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Mint with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: XXXIX. The plate shows: 'Munt, Mentha hortensis, verticillata'. (Mint) Description: This v...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Flinders Rose with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: CLXXXIV. The plate shows: 'Doornagtige Kapperboom met een kleine vrugt, en een rond blad, a....
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Black Willow with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: CXXXVIII. The plate shows: 'Swarte bloejende Water-willigen, Salix niger aquaticus'. (Black ...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Fig tree with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: CXI. The plate shows: 'Vygenboom, Ficus'. (Fig tree) Description: This very attractive ori...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Musk flower with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: XLVI. The plate shows: 'Muskusbloem, Jacea moschata, purpurea'. (Musk flower) Description: ...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Silver and White Poplar by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: CXLVII. The plate shows: 'Abeele-bladeren, Abiegna folia'. (Silver Poplar, White Poplar) De...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Catnip and Catswort - insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: CXIII. The plate shows: 'Katte-kruid, Mentha felina vel Nepeta'. (Catnip, Catswort) Descrip...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Greater Burdock with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: LXIII. The plate shows: 'Groote Klitzen, Lappa major'. (Greater Burdock, Lappa, Beggar's But...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Jerusalem Cross with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: CII. The plate shows: 'Jerusalems-Bloem, Flos Hierosolymitanus'. (Jerusalem Cross, Dusky Sal...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Gorgeous rose with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: LVI. The plate shows: ''Dubbelde Roos, Rosa Centifolia rubra''. (Rose) Description: This v...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Gooseberry blossom and insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: X. The plate shows: 'Kruisbessenbloeizel, Flos Grossulariae, sativae, spinosae'. (Gooseberry...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Melissa and Balm with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: CXV. The plate shows: 'Byenblad, Melissa. '. (Balm, Melissa) Description: This very attrac...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Hazel and Corylus with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: CXVIII. The plate shows: 'Haselnoot, Aveliana'. (Hazel, Corylus) Description: This very at...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Cherry and Prunus with insects by Merian - Handcoloured engraving - 18th century
By Maria Sibylla Merian
Located in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant
Subject: Very rare decorative insect/botanical print with gorgeous hand colouring. Plate: IV. The plate shows: 'Krieken, Cerasus nigra dulcis Florens. Koornworm'. (Sour cherry, Prunu...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Animal Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Old Engraving of Persian Houses, 1732
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'Afbeelding van de Persiaansche Huizen'. Old print of Persian houses. This print originates from 'Hedendaagsche Historie, of tegenwoordige staat van alle volkere...
Category

Antique 18th Century Prints

Materials

Paper

  • Old Engraving of Persian Houses, 1732
  • Old Engraving of Persian Houses, 1732
  • Old Engraving of Persian Houses, 1732
  • Old Engraving of Persian Houses, 1732
H 7.88 in. W 8.27 in. D 0 in.
Old Engraving of Burlington House, Piccadilly in Mayfair, London, England, 1725
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'Burlington House in Pickadilly London (..)'. Old engraving of Burlington House, a building on Piccadilly in Mayfair, London. It was originally a private Pal...
Category

Antique 1720s Architectural Models

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving of Fonthill House in Wiltshire, England, ca.1770
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'South Front of Fonthill (..)'. Old engraving of Fonthill house in Wiltshire. This print originates from 'Vitruvius Britannicus' by Colen Campbell. Fonth...
Category

Antique 1770s Architectural Models

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving of Chesterfield House, Westminster in London, Uk, ca.1770
Located in Langweer, NL
Title: Antique print titled 'Elevation of the R. Hoble Earl of Chesterfields House (..)'. Old engraving of Chesterfield House, Westminster. It was a grand London townhouse built ...
Category

Antique 1770s Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving of the Royal Opera House or Covent Garden, London, England, 1725
Located in Langweer, NL
Description: Antique print titled 'The west prospect of Covent Garden (..)'. Old engraving of the Royal Opera House, also known as Covent Garden. This print originates from 'Vitr...
Category

Antique 1720s Prints

Materials

Paper

Two Hundred Year Old Engraving of a Prussian Soldier and a Lady, 1815
Located in Langweer, NL
Two hundred year old engraving of a Prussian soldier being friendly to a nicely dressed lady holding an umbrella. Les Alliés à Paris and 1815, Scenes de Moeurs: La Nouvelle fashi...
Category

Antique 1810s Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving of Foremarke Hall, a Manor House in Derbyshire, England, ca.1770
Located in Langweer, NL
Description: Antique print titled 'North Front of Foremark (..)'. Old engraving of Foremarke Hall, a Georgian-Palladian country house and manor house. This print originates from ...
Category

Antique 1770s Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving Depicting the Buddhist Festival of Souls 'Obon' in Japan, 1758
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print religion titled 'La Fête des Ames - 't Feest der Zielen'. Old print depicting the Buddhist festival of souls (Obon). This print originates from 'Histoire générale d...
Category

Antique 1750s Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving of the Chinese City of Anhing, Nieuhof, 1666
By Johannes Nieuhof
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'Anhing'. This plate shows a view on the Chinese city of Anhing (also called Chichen and the capital city of the Royalty of Nanking at the time) with its rampart...
Category

Antique 17th Century Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving of the Trarbach Battle in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, c.1710
Located in Langweer, NL
Rare antique print titled 'Plan de la Ville et Chateau Traarbach (..)'. Battle plan of Trarbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Published circa 1710 by P. Schenk. Below image ...
Category

Antique 1710s Maps

Materials

Paper

Very Old Engraving of Casablanca (Anfa), Azemmour (Azamor) and Diu, 1574
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'Anfa, Quibusdam Anaffa / Azaamurum / Diu'. Three views on one sheet depicting Casablanca (Anfa), Azemmour (Azamor) and Diu. Anfa is an ancient site which ha...
Category

Antique 16th Century Maps

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving of A Panoramic Bird's Eye View of Miaco 'Kyoto', Japan, 1669
Located in Langweer, NL
Description: Antique print, titled: 'Miako.' - A panaromic bird's eye view of Miaco (Kyoto). Arnoldus Montanus' "Gedenkwaerdige Gesantschappen der Oost-Indische Maatschappy in 't Ver...
Category

Antique 1660s Maps

Materials

Paper

Original Old Engraving, Bird's Eye View of Cangoxuma (Kagoshima) in Japan, 1669
Located in Langweer, NL
Rare Antique print, titled: 'Cangoxuma.' A stunning bird's eye view of the coastal city Cangoxuma (Kagoshima) in Japan. It shows several boats in the harbour, as well as the ligh...
Category

Antique 1660s Maps

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving of Eleazer Killing a War Elephant, Title in Six Languages, 1728
Located in Langweer, NL
Description: Antique print, titled: 'Eleazer's Bold Enterprize (…).' - This plate shows Eleazer killing a war elephant as was described in 1 Maccabees 6:42-47. The title of this prin...
Category

Antique 1720s Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving of Various Animals of Southeast Asia incl a Bengal Tiger, ca.1860
Located in Langweer, NL
Description: Antique print titled 'Süd-Asiatische Thiere'. Engraving of various animals of Southeast Asia including the tailor bird, cockatoo, a goose, hornbill, bird of paradise, a ...
Category

Antique 1860s Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Engraving the City and Harbour of Pathmos, Patmos or Patimo in Greece, 1725
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print, titled: 'Gezicht van het eiland en de haven van Pathmos (…).' This plate shows a view of the city and harbour of Pathmos, Patmos or Patimo in Greece. This plate or...
Category

Antique 1720s Maps

Materials

Paper

Old Religious Engraving of Abraham's Lineage, 1700
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'Abrahams Geslagt en Maagschap'. Old print with details of Abraham's lineage from Noah and his descendants all the way back to Noah. This print originates from '...
Category

Antique 18th Century Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Religious Engraving of Abraham Sending Hagar Away as in Genesis, 1728
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique religion print titled 'Abraham sendeth away Hagar'. Abraham Sends Away Hagar; as in Genesis 21:14: 'And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of ...
Category

Antique 18th Century Prints

Materials

Paper

"Allegory of Justice": A 17th Century Old Master Engraving by van Swanenburg
By Willem van Swanenburg
Located in Alamo, CA
This old master engraving entitled "Allegorie op de Rechtspraak" is by Willem van Swaanenburg after a painting by Joachim Wtewael, published by Christoffel van Sichem I in Amsterdam ...
Category

Early 1600s Old Masters Interior Prints

Materials

Engraving

David Loggan Old Divinity School Oxford Scholae Theologicae Print 1675 engraving
By David Loggan
Located in London, GB
To see our other views of Oxford and Cambridge, scroll down to "More from this Seller" and below it click on "See all from this Seller" - or send us a message if you cannot find the ...
Category

1670s Realist Prints and Multiples

Materials

Engraving

Renaissance Engraving, Dogs, Virgil Solis, 16th Century, Old Master, Paper
By Virgil Solis
Located in Greven, DE
Engraving by the artist Virgil Solis, Six dogs; standing, reclining and seated among trees. Engraving, made by Virgil Solis. German, c. 1530-1562. Signed with monogram 'VS' intertw...
Category

16th Century Renaissance Animal Prints

Materials

Paper, Engraving

Engraving "Figure 2-R old man", Author Maria Korusiewicz
Located in Chorzów, PL
Maria Korusiewicz (born 1956) In 1984 she completed her artistic education as a graphic designer. From 1981 she took part in many individual exhibitions and participated in group ex...
Category

Vintage 1980s Polish Modern Contemporary Art

Materials

Paper

Love Song - Masked Girl in a Old World Dress, Engraving on a Tree
Located in Milton, AU
Lovesong is inspired by "The Souvenir" by Jean-Honore Fragonard. It sees a girl so besotted, she carves their name into a tree. This girl is however not interested in romance. Pe...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Old Masters Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

Three Old Master Steen Engravings, after Pierre Jean Mariette 1694-1774
Located in Hallowell, ME
Priced for the group of three. You can frame them. margins clipped I assume 9" x 6.25"
Category

17th Century Old Masters Figurative Prints

Materials

Black and White

The Entombment of Christ
Located in Storrs, CT
The Entombment of Christ. c.1580-1620. Engraving. 9 1/4 x 7 (236 x 177 mm). Collector's seal verso: Knoedler and Co. OE (Old engravings Lugt 2007). Inscriptions: Rim of the sarcophag...
Category

16th Century Old Masters Figurative Prints

Materials

Engraving

  • The Entombment of Christ
  • The Entombment of Christ
  • The Entombment of Christ
  • The Entombment of Christ
H 20 in. W 16 in. D .5 in.
Platinum Square Sapphire Eternity Band with Old Master Engraving
By OGI Ltd
Located in New York, NY
Platinum eternity ring with princess-cut sapphire Hand engraved by old master engraver Sapphires weighing 2.75 carat Rings are available in all sizes, half sizes, and quarter sizes ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Band Rings

Materials

Blue Sapphire, Sapphire, Platinum

18th Century Old Scarlett “Celebrity” Grave Digger Engraving
Located in Lowestoft, GB
Old Scarlett “celebrity” grave digger of Peterborough cathedral A later depiction of the original painting that is housed in Peterborough Cathedral of "Old Scarlett" He was born...
Category

Antique 18th Century English Historical Memorabilia

Materials

Paper

Old Original Engraving with Coastal Views of Arabia, 1711
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 't Nieuwe Eilant - 't Prinsen Eilant - De zuidkust van 't gelukkige Arabie - de Baei van Musketta - d'Arabische Wal by de Kaep Monsandon - 't Eilant Lareke - 't ...
Category

Antique 1710s Maps

Materials

Paper

Old Stipple Engraving Depicting a Young Woman Personifying 'Kindness', ca.1800
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'L'Amabilité'. Old stipple engraving depicting a young woman personifying 'kindness'. Artists and Engravers: Engraved by Zecchino after A. Lemire. Co...
Category

Antique Early 1800s Prints

Materials

Paper

Round Diamond Platinum Eternity Band with Old Master Hand Engraving
By OGI Ltd
Located in New York, NY
Platinum round diamond channel set eternity wedding or anniversary ring Round Diamond weighing 0.60 carats Old Master hand engraving with milgrain edge Diamond quality G VS New Ring...
Category

2010s Contemporary Wedding Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

  • Round Diamond Platinum Eternity Band with Old Master Hand Engraving
  • Round Diamond Platinum Eternity Band with Old Master Hand Engraving
  • Round Diamond Platinum Eternity Band with Old Master Hand Engraving
  • Round Diamond Platinum Eternity Band with Old Master Hand Engraving
H 0.08 in. W 0.1 in. D 0.08 in. Dm 0.1 in. L 0.1 in.
Pair of 18Th Century Botanical Engravings
By Johann Wilhelm Weinmann
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Pair of rare Botanical Hand Colored Engravings about 1737-1745 Beautifully framed French hand painted mat, in gold leaf frame each print measure 9.5x14.5 Johann Wilhelm Weinmann (1...
Category

Early 18th Century Old Masters Still-life Prints

Materials

Engraving

Portrait of a Man an Engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar
By Wenceslaus Hollar
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Portrait of a Man" is an engraving after Hans Holbein by Wenceslaus von Prochna Hollar. It depicts a man in traditional dress for the mid-17th century: A flat hat, large shirt, and ...
Category

Mid-17th Century Old Masters Portrait Prints

Materials

Engraving

A 17th Century Dutch engraving 'Mein Greit; Mein Greit'
Located in Petworth, GB
Julius Goltzius (Dutch c.1550-1595) Mein Greit; Mein Greit Engraving 6.5/8 x 11.3/8 in. (16.8 x 29 cm.) (measured to slip edge) Christie’s have suggested this impression is from the ...
Category

17th Century Old Masters Figurative Prints

Materials

Engraving

Original Old Hand-Colored Engraving of a Lady from Moscow, Russia, 1805
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique costume print titled 'Eine Moscauerin - Femme de Moscou 1768'. This print depicts a Lady from Moscow, Russia. Originates from a rare costume book titled 'Sammlung von Tra...
Category

Antique Early 1800s Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Original Engraving Showing an Arabian Men and a Muslim Imam, 1827
Located in Langweer, NL
Untitled print depicting an Arabian / Muslim Imam and other men. This print originates from 'Il Costume Antico e Moderno ...' , by Giulio Ferrario, published in Milan in 21 volum...
Category

Antique 1820s Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Hand-Colored Copper Engraving of a Bull 'Bos Tauraus', ca.1780
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'Bos Taurus Linn'. Copper engraving of a bull (Bos Tauraus). This print originates from 'Die Säugthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur' by J.C.D. von Schreber...
Category

Antique 1780s Prints

Materials

Paper

Old Hand-Colored Steel Engraving of Buenos Aires, Argentina, ca.1860
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'Buenos Ayres (Amérique Meridionale)'. Steel engraving with a view looking from the Rio de la Plata towards Buenos Aires, Argentina. Artists and Engraver...
Category

Antique 1860s Prints

Materials

Paper

"Woman in a European National Dress," original engraving by W. Hollar
By Wenceslaus Hollar
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Woman in a European National Dress" is an engraving by Wenceslaus Von Prachna Hollar. It depicts a woman in proper dress for the mid 1600s; she wears a feathered hat with a veil to ...
Category

Mid-17th Century Old Masters Figurative Prints

Materials

Engraving

Old Copper Engraving of the Port City Dabhol in India, 1757
Located in Langweer, NL
Antique print titled 'Dabul'. Old print of the port city Dabhol in India. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Dabul was an opulent Muslim trade center. Around 1660 it was annexed to ...
Category

Antique 1750s Maps

Materials

Paper

San Benedetto Con Altri Nanti, religious engraving after Veronese, circa 1700
Located in Melbourne, Victoria
Religious copper-line engraving by CM after Francesco Petrucci after (Paolo Caliari) Veronese. Depicts Saint Benedict and other holy figures. Paolo Veronese (1528 - 1588) was an Ita...
Category

Early 1700s Old Masters Portrait Prints

Materials

Engraving

Platinum Channel Set Diamond Eternity Band with Old Master Hand Engraving
By OGI Ltd
Located in New York, NY
Platinum channel set wedding band or stacking ring Hand engraved by old master hand engraver Diamond weighing 1.08 carats Diamond quality G VS Ring size 6 The ring cannot be sized...
Category

2010s Contemporary Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

View of Venice, including Gondolas, 18th Century Hand Colored Engraving
By Pieter Van Der Aa
Located in Alamo, CA
An early 18th century hand colored engraving of a scene of the city of Venice, Italy entitled "Palazzo Lin, a. S. Samuele sopra il Canal Grande". It depicts Venetian architecture, wa...
Category

1720s Old Masters Landscape Prints

Materials

Engraving

18th Century Satirical Engraving by William Hogarth
By William Hogarth
Located in Alamo, CA
A framed original satirical etching/engraving by William Hogarth, entitled "Some Principal Inhabitants of ye Moon: Royalty, Episcopacy and Law", originally published in London in 176...
Category

Mid-18th Century Old Masters Interior Prints

Materials

Engraving, Etching

Set of 3 Copper Plate Engravings, by Giovanni Battista Piranesi
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in New York, NY
G. B. Piranesi in his fifties was interested in archaeology and studied in Southern Italy where he produced drawings of Greek architecture
Category

18th Century Old Masters More Art

Materials

Engraving, Handmade Paper

'Portrait of M. Morett,' original Wenceslaus Hollar engraving after Hans Holbein
By Wenceslaus Hollar
Located in Milwaukee, WI
In this print, Wenceslaus Hollar presents a portrait of Charles de Solier, comte de Morette, copying a painting and a drawing by Hans Holbein the Younger - both of which are kept in ...
Category

17th Century Old Masters Portrait Prints

Materials

Engraving

  • 1

Old Engraving For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact old engraving you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. In our selection of items, you can find Old Masters examples as well as a Modern version. Finding the perfect old engraving may mean sifting through those created during different time periods — you can find an early version that dates to the 18th Century and a newer variation that were made as recently as the 21st Century. If you’re looking to add an old engraving to create new energy in an otherwise neutral space in your home, you can find a work on 1stDibs that features elements of gray, beige, brown, blue and more. An old engraving from Albrecht Dürer, Kind of Cyan, Wenceslaus Hollar, Johann Baptist Homann and Matthaeus Merian — each of whom created distinctive versions of this kind of work — is worth considering. Artworks like these of any era or style can make for thoughtful decor in any space, but a selection from our variety of those made in engraving, etching and paint can add an especially memorable touch.

How Much is an Old Engraving?

The average selling price for an old engraving we offer is $1,200, while they’re typically $65 on the low end and $115,000 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Prints and Multiples for You

Decorating with fine-art prints — whether they’re figurative prints, abstract prints or another variety — has always been a practical way of bringing a space to life as well as bringing works by an artist you love into your home.

Pursued in the 1960s and ’70s, largely by Pop artists drawn to its associations with mass production, advertising, packaging and seriality, as well as those challenging the primacy of the Abstract Expressionist brushstroke, printmaking was embraced in the 1980s by painters and conceptual artists ranging from David Salle and Elizabeth Murray to Adrian Piper and Sherrie Levine.

Printmaking is the transfer of an image from one surface to another. An artist takes a material like stone, metal, wood or wax, carves, incises, draws or otherwise marks it with an image, inks or paints it and then transfers the image to a piece of paper or other material.

Fine-art prints are frequently confused with their more commercial counterparts. After all, our closest connection to the printed image is through mass-produced newspapers, magazines and books, and many people don’t realize that even though prints are editions, they start with an original image created by an artist with the intent of reproducing it in a small batch. Fine-art prints are created in strictly limited editions — 20 or 30 or maybe 50 — and are always based on an image created specifically to be made into an edition.

Many people think of revered Dutch artist Rembrandt as a painter but may not know that he was a printmaker as well. His prints have been preserved in time along with the work of other celebrated printmakers such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol. These fine-art prints are still highly sought after by collectors.

“It’s another tool in the artist’s toolbox, just like painting or sculpture or anything else that an artist uses in the service of mark making or expressing him- or herself,” says International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) vice president Betsy Senior, of New York’s Betsy Senior Fine Art, Inc.

Because artist’s editions tend to be more affordable and available than his or her unique works, they’re more accessible and can be a great opportunity to bring a variety of colors, textures and shapes into a space.

For tight corners, select small fine-art prints as opposed to the oversized bold piece you’ll hang as a focal point in the dining area. But be careful not to choose something that is too big for your space. And feel free to lean into it if need be — not every work needs picture-hanging hooks. Leaning a larger fine-art print against the wall behind a bookcase can add a stylish installation-type dynamic to your living room. (Read more about how to arrange wall art here.)

Find the fine-art prints you’re looking for on 1stDibs today.