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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
ABC Wednesday: The Letter X
The Letter X is for Xylography
An ornamental Hebrew letter— Aleph
From Encyclopedia Britannica:
"Xylography: the art of printing from wood carving, the existence and importance of which in China was never suspected by Marco Polo, appeared in Europe no earlier than the last quarter of the 14th century, spontaneously and presumably as a result of the use of paper. It had been observed that paper was better suited than rough-surfaced parchment for making the impressions from wood reliefs that manuscript copyists used to reproduce the outline of ornamental initial capital letters."
Later on artists used woodblocks to create pictures. Albrecht Dürer was one of the greatest xylographers.