Painters have long been interested in finding ways to reproduce their work. Prints that copy a painting could be distributed easily and cheaply, thereby enhancing an artist’s reputation and leading to further lucrative commissions. Artists chose skillful and sympathetic printmakers to translate their work into another medium and were often closely involved in the process.
Jean Dughet (French, 1619–1679), after Nicolas Poussin (French, active in Italy, 1594–1665), First Suite of The Seven Sacraments, c. 1650, “Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Ordination, Matrimony.” Etchings on paper. © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Acquired by the Clark, 2011