36 episodes

Platemark (series one) looks at the art sector with a focus on prints and printmaking. Series two offers a history of visual culture in the West through prints.

Platemark Ann Shafer

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 13 Ratings

Platemark (series one) looks at the art sector with a focus on prints and printmaking. Series two offers a history of visual culture in the West through prints.

    History of Prints Rembrandt (genre scenes and portaits)

    History of Prints Rembrandt (genre scenes and portaits)

    In s2e19, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig continue talking about the best etcher ever, Rembrandt van Rijn. In this second of three episodes on Rembrandt, they tackle genre scenes (those would be scenes of everyday life) and portraits. Rembrandt is the consummate storyteller and in these etchings he gives us regular, everyday people like print dealers, cooks, beggars, and even rat catchers. His etchings are brimming with life. Remember, Rembrandt lives in Amsterdam, which is part of Holland, a country that had recently gained independence from Catholic Spain. These subjects are new territory for us.
    In addition, Ann talks about a second female artist: Geertruydt Roghman.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    History of Prints Rembrandt (landscapes)

    History of Prints Rembrandt (landscapes)

    In s2ep18, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig talk about one of the best etchers ever, Rembrandt van Rijn. In this first of three episodes on RvR, Tru sets the stage and takes us through some of Rembrandt's key landscape etchings, including the iconic The Three Trees. Remember, we really haven't seen anyone take up etching with this much success so far. Rembrandt sets the bar for and forever changes what we mean by autographic etching.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    History of Prints Hendrick Goltzius

    History of Prints Hendrick Goltzius

    In s2ep17, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig talk about one of their favorite engravers of all time, Hendrick Goltzius. A Dutchman, Goltzius was preternaturally gifted with a burin and made glorious prints of all sorts. Ann's favorite is the Farnese Hercules, a large engraving showing two Dutchmen looking up at a giant sculpture of Hercules, which viewers see from behind. Quirky and wonderful, these prints are worth a deep dive.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    History of Prints Pieter Brueghel the Elder

    History of Prints Pieter Brueghel the Elder

    In s2ep16, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig talk about the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter Reformation that affected so much of the 16th century in Western Europe. The focus of the episode is Pieter Brueghel the Elder who developed a new vocabulary to talk about the lives of peasants, as well as lessons to live by. And don't forget those sins and sinners.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    History of Prints The Protestant Reformation (part two)

    History of Prints The Protestant Reformation (part two)

    In s2ep15, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig continue talking about game-changer Martin Luther and the effects of his 95 theses against the Catholic Church, which brought about the Protestant Reformation in 1517. In this episode they talk about the biting criticism of politics in the church and the schism with the Lutherans/Protestants that is the subject of prints by Hans Holbein the younger and Lucas Cranach the elder.

    • 33 min
    History of Prints The Protestant Reformation (part one)

    History of Prints The Protestant Reformation (part one)

    In s2ep14, Ann Shafer and Tru Ludwig look at Martin Luther and the effects of his 95 theses against the Catholic Church. Once the only patron of the arts, the Church faced a reckoning when Martin Luther brought about the Protestant Reformation in 1517. In addition to getting rid of the intercessor (the church and its priests), Protestantism calls for no images to distract. What's an artist to do in these newly Protestant countries (Germany and Flanders for this episode's purposes)? One could turn to landscape, portraiture, still lifes, myths, and fantastical subjects. Or one could turn to biting criticism of the politics of the church and the schism with the Protestants.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Rewolf Bmore ,

Great inside art conversation

Real talk from non-profit, curatorial art professionals. Ann and Ben bring a lot of passion to dry behind issues and relay a revealing a glimpse into decision making of creative institutions. Works well in the podcast format. Great for artists, demystifies the precious. Looking forward to more.

Foodie in Baltimore ,

Great perspective

Fun to hear art museum professionals who are friends and have good stories to share. Upbeat, clearly in-the-know, addressing issues of our time!!! Kinda would like to have them over to dinner. They would be fascinating guests!

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