Artist Angelo della Berta's speciality in his studio at Colazza, on the shore of Lake Maggiore, is reproducing Italian works of art on copper plate.
LV. Artist at work.
SCU. Signor Berta drawing on paper covering copper plate.
SCU. Paper peeled off leaving detail on copper plate.
CU. Berta cutting detail into copper plate.
SCU. Selection of cutting tools.
CU. Tool cutting detail into plate seen through magnifying glass.
CU. Berta at work.
CU. Finished work.
CU. Finished etching "The Madonna della Seggiola".
CU. Etching of Notre Dame.
CU. Etching of the Virgin by Perugino.
CU. Etching of the Fountain of St. Francis
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Background: Artist Angelo della Berta's speciality in his studio at Colazza, on the shore of Lake Maggiore, is reproducing Italian works of art on copper plate.
Delle Berta's artistry is centred on religious themes. Among his reproductions are the churches of his region, several Maconnas, Michelangelo's "Fear," and a self-portrait of Leonardo de vinci.
The method he uses is to make a copy of the original on transparent paper. He fixes the drawing on the copper plate by a chemically-treated paste used to transpose the drawing on the metal.
Following the lines of the transposed drawing he cuts, with engravers tools, the work in relief. In the final stages the plate is blackened, then wiped to leave the black in the grooves.
Unlike a woodcut, the finished work here is in positive form and no copies can be made.