For centuries, printmaking was the only way to reproduce visual images and was vital for the communication of ideas and the spread of artistic styles. This course examines the techniques, production, circulation, and collection of prints in Europe and the United States from the 15th century to the present. In the 19th century, as photography took on the role of reproduction, printmakers reconsidered the artistic possibilities, reemphasizing the artist's touch and turning to renewed political uses. The course supplements lectures with study of the print collection of the Davison Art Center. Topics include aesthetics, connoisseurship, commerce, and technology.