15th century counterfeit protection

15th century counterfeit protection

German painter and artist Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) is ranked as one of history’s master printmakers, perhaps the most technically skilled in Western art. During his time, his etchings, engravings and woodcuts were emulated and glorified, and owned by kings. To help prevent his works from being counterfeited or plagiarized, Durer made his prints so detailed and expertly crafted that no one else had the talent to copy them. Realize that back then there were no such things as Xeroxes, photocopiers or computer scanners.  To recreate a print the copier had to do the whole thing over by hand. Pictured is Durer’s circa 1497 woodcut ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” showing incredible detail for the laborious woodcut process.

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