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.


  1. What an interesting post for the X Day! Always love it when I learn something new! This is really cool! Hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you a very Happy New Year!


  2. definitely cool stuff!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Such an interesting idea for ABC Wednesday - X is always a tough one.
    Thanks so much
    ABC Team

  4. Excellent post - I was just speaking with someone today about woodblocks.

  5. Brilliant post! And what a great image too. I, myself, have partaken in this activity.