This postcard reached me from Germany! We’re gonna take a trip back about five centuries to the time of this painters existence – Albrecht Dürer! Dürer was a painter and printmaker from the Renaissance period (15th/16th centuries). While he did painting and some writing, his biggest artistic impact came from his printmaking, particularly with that of woodcuts. As a kid, he apprenticed at a print shop that made woodcut illustrations for books. From there, Dürer turned woodcut printmaking into a form of art. To explain woodcuts… they’re very similar to how ukiyo-e printing is done. The artist transfers a sketch to a wooden board/block, then carefully carves out the “empty” areas of the drawing. A coating of ink is then rolled on the surface of the wood, and a sheet of paper (or whatever the artist wants to apply the print to) is pressed on top of the carving. The idea is that anything that was not carved out will be touching the paper, so that it replicates the drawing. Though creating the woodcut is painstaking, the cool part is – you can use it as many times as you want! Which made it convenient during times where drawings couldn’t be saved onto a computer hard drive and yet needed to be mass produced. So yeah, Dürer was big-time into this kind of stuff, and one such example of it is shown here! This is a self-portrait of him as a kid – not gonna lie, I thought it was a man at least in his 40s at first. But that aside, you can see how intricate his carving must have been to yield something like this! And like I mentioned – while it might be much more tedious to do a woodcut print over just drawing, you can reuse the woodcut for many more prints without having to re-carve! That is the ultimate selfie service. Thank you so much for sending me this postcard!