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intaglio

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
  1. noun
    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
    synonyms: gravure, intaglio printing
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    types:
    photogravure
    printing from an intaglio plate prepared by photographic methods
    rotogravure
    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
  2. noun
    glyptic art consisting of a sunken or depressed engraving or carving on a stone or gem (as opposed to cameo)
    synonyms: diaglyph
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    type of:
    glyptic art, glyptography
    carvings or engravings (especially on precious stones)
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