Masculine face; drawing by Michelangelo. British Museum, London. Art print with frame.
Collotype is a photomechanical printing process that can reproduce color images without the use of any form of mechanical screening typical of industrial printing. A glass plate (the matrix) is covered by a film of a special gelatin. After being baked for several hours in a special oven, the plate is ready to be exposed by placing the negative of the picture to be reproduced on top of it. The plate is then hand inked and placed in the machine for contact printing on paper. Every print is the fruit of various passages of color regulated by the skill of the printer. Technically only a limited edition of between 300 and 500 copies per plate can be printed. After this the gelatin film deteriorates and high quality prints can no longer be obtained. Every single collotype, with an impressed mark and number, is therefore a unique one of a kind example in quality and elegance.
These collotypes are already framed with a beautiful wood frame customized by Alinari.