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Madonna on a Crescent Moon in a Rosary
The print purchaser gained an indulgence—a remission of temporal punishment due to a sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven by the Catholic Church. It is remarkable in part because it is an engraving rather than a woodcut, a trait that distinguishes its status as art. It is an early and unusual example of plate tone on an intaglio print created by an ink wiping technique. There are only twelve known impressions of this print and only one other impression in the United States.
from Calendar of Events, September-December 2012