Shotgun cut

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Christ and the Samaritan woman, probably 1470s

The shot cut is a rare graphic relief printing process that experienced a brief heyday in the 15th century.

The printing block was usually made of soft metal or end grain . The surfaces of a representation, backgrounds, garments and sometimes the entire lines were created by evenly hammering in point-sized punches , which result in holes in the plate and thus white points in the impression.

The oldest cut is the "St. Bernhard" from 1452, Paris, as early as 1460 almost a quarter of all shape cuts were made using this technique. After 1480 hardly any prints made using the shotgun technique are known.

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