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Cupid Punished by Venus, engraving by Giovanni Luigi Valesio, 17th century.

Engraving is an intaglio method of printmaking in which the image is gouged with a sharp tool into a metal plate.

Printing the plate is done by covering the surface with ink, then rubbing the ink off the surface with tarlatan cloth or newsprint, leaving ink in the roughened areas and lines. Damp paper is placed on the plate, and both are run through a printing press; the pressure forces the paper into contact with the ink, transferring the image. Note that the printed image is always a mirrored image of the original plate.

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