The process of printmaking has long been a process used in Art. The North Renaissance artist, Albrecht Durer was known for producing many prints. Albrecht Durer produced many Relief prints and Intaglios. From those two techniques Durer was able to master techniques such as: woodcut, wood engraving, etching, and engraving. Printmaking is divided into four types: Relief prints, Intaglio,
Made in 1514 and titled Melencolia I, the ingraving became one of the most famous of Albrecht Durer�s prints. Although Albrecht Durer produced many prints throughout his life, his Melencolia I became one of his most famous prints. The engraving became a representative of modern thinking, and has been reserached and studied by many people before. The title of the engraving is written on it on the top, left-hand side. The print shows a fugure sitting, in the edge of the image, in a room surrounded with many different scientific, and mathematical tools. Sitting on a wheel next to the figure is a baby angel. Some of the mathematical tools that in the print include a compass, a scale, magic square, an hourglass, a geometric solid. The magic square says has the date that the print was produced, 1514. When the numbers on the magic square are added, from any row (horizontally, virtically, or diagonally) the result is always the number 34. There were many interpretations on the meaning behind the scene in the engraving. The most famous interpretation is that the figure in the image is trying to invent something genius. Because the figure is unable to invent something, he sits hopeless and depressed, creating the melancholic mood of the picture from which its name is derived.