Mezzotint engraving cm.26x51,5 on Fabriano sheets cm.46x70, only fifty pieces made by the print house of Casa Editrice Il Cigno, to commemorate the solo exhibit “Francesco Canini Nuotatrice” al the Umberto Mastroianni Museum, Musei in San Salvatore in Lauro, Rome 2020.
Mezzotint engraving is a technique of direct engraving. At first the copper sheet is worked with a tool called, crocker a special steel serrated mezzaluna knife: moving it with pressure you get a series of little cavities. The sheet is processed in several steps, uniformly and in different directions. This procedure is called. slab graining
Now the sheet wrought is worked with a burnisher in order to reduce ink levels of some areas, scraping away the grain of the metal according to the shades we’re trying to get.
Mezzotint engraving allows to obtain deeply shaded nuances, with a rich selection of halftones, out of reach by other engraving techniques.