Thanks to their over thirty-year experience and the original machinery they recovered from ancient Venetian printing factories, Bottega del Tintoretto can offer the chance to be art printers for one day. After an introduction about the main different printing techniques (such as relief printing, intaglio, planographic and stencil processes) and a visit to the collection of works and books, the participants, under the guide of a Master printer, will learn how to engrave a composition on the surface of a metal plate, watching the results of their work in real time and at the end they will be given their own print.
Keeping ancient machinery alive with skills preserved for the futureIn 1986, a group of artists who had been studying the history of printing in Venice opened an art printing workshop, Bottega del Tintoretto. It is equipped with machinery they recovered from ancient Venetian printing factories who were discarding tools no longer in use. Bottega del Tintoretto, named because it sits next to the building that was home to the painter Tintoretto, is a space aimed at preserving and spreading the precious know-how built by generations of skilled craftsmen. It’s a research place where printers and artists, also under the guide of a Master printer, can create their own artworks and hand-bound artist’s books. Over the years, Bottega has organised workshops and courses to share the classic techniques of engraving, xylography, lithography – as well as the most recent techniques. It has created a rental library, including 16th-century ephemera. Also, the artist collaborating with Bottega have organised exhibitions and events, complementary art courses and founded Editions du Dromadaire, a publishing house for children.
A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.Listen
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