Intaglio is a kind of printmaking in which a carved design is coated with ink and wiped with a cloth; the resulting print comes from ink in the carved grooves.

In intaglio, the shape that ends up printed on paper, cloth, or some other surface is carved out of a metal plate. The plate is either engraved by hand or burned with acid, using a technique called "etching." You can also use the word intaglio to describe a type of sculpture or jewelry making in which designs are etched or engraved. In Italian, intaglio means "engraved work," from intagliare, "to cut in."

Definitions of intaglio

n a printing process that uses an etched or engraved plate; the plate is smeared with ink and wiped clean, then the ink left in the recesses makes the print

gravure, intaglio printing
printing from an intaglio plate prepared by photographic methods
printing by transferring an image from a photogravure plate to a cylinder in a rotary press
Type of:
printing, printing process
reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication

n glyptic art consisting of a sunken or depressed engraving or carving on a stone or gem (as opposed to cameo)

Type of:
glyptic art, glyptography
carvings or engravings (especially on precious stones)

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