Using special tools, pieces of a flat block of wood are cut away and ink is rolled onto the
remaining raised area. When printed the image is a mirror reflection of the original cutout
Woodcuts were traditionally dependent on craftsmanship, which may explain why so few
creative geniuses have made them and have generally been content to let others produce
prints from their designs. Just before and throughout the 1500s a single wood block yielded
thousands of copies, to be sold for a few pennies apiece, bringing the individual ownership
of pictures within everyone's reach for the first time in history.
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