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Architecture Prints

The relationship between printmaking and architecture is rooted in 17th- and 18th-century European taste for “portraits” of buildings and landmarks. Prior to the 18th century, architecture was rarely more than the background for other subject matter.

Created to feed a new traveler's market, prints were an inexpensive record of the landmarks and architecture in a foreign city. Architectural images flourished particularly well in the Netherlands and Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries. In Venice, artists captured the architecture of the city using etching and engraving methods, selling the picturesque prints to tourists.

A growing interest in architecture and urban scenes developed in the 19th and 20th centuries as a response to rapid industrialization in Europe and the United States. As lithography was a new technology that appeared at the turn of the 18th century, artists often chose this method to capture the effects of industry.


Quick Facts

  • Though their focus was on how people survived in urban America at the turn of the 20th century, artists of the Ash-Can school also captured the architecture of industrial and squalid New York City
  • A distinctly American group of artists known as “Precisionists” emerged in the early 20th century. Artists such as Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth created prints, photographs, and paintings heavily influenced by the machine age, urban architecture, and skyscrapers
  • Following the Great Depression in the 1930s, fascination with industry and urban expansion declined, and artistic attention returned to the figure, which replaced architecture as inspiration

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Becher, Bernd und Hilla
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Becher, Bernd und Hilla
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €400- €600
€4002 Bids
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
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Est: €200- €300
€2001 Bid
D.QUAGLIO (1787-1837), Gothic fountain in Narni, around 1829, Pencil
Oct 22, 2:00 PM CEST
D.QUAGLIO (1787-1837), Gothic fountain in Narni, around 1829, Pencil
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €750- €1,000
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Unknown (19th), Alameda and the Monastery of Cadiz, Steel engraving
Oct 22, 2:00 PM CEST
Unknown (19th), Alameda and the Monastery of Cadiz, Steel engraving
by Fichter Kunsthandel
Est: €75- €125
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A Set of Three Architectural Engravings, 14'' x 9½'' (36 cm x 24 cm). Mounted and set behind glass i
Oct 08, 11:00 AM BST
A Set of Three Architectural Engravings, 14'' x 9½'' (36 cm x 24 cm). Mounted and set behind glass i
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Est: £80- £160
£600 Bids
PETERSHAUSEN "Kirchen Portal deß ehemaligen Reichsstifts Petershausen bei Constanz"
Oct 15, 2:00 PM CEST
PETERSHAUSEN "Kirchen Portal deß ehemaligen Reichsstifts Petershausen bei Constanz"
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Est: €50- €0
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EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE WALL ART PRINT BY DAPHNE BRISSONNET
Oct 27, 10:00 PM EDT
EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE WALL ART PRINT BY DAPHNE BRISSONNET
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $130- $180
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Julian Opie, Apartment 7
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Julian Opie, Apartment 7
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,8000 Bids
Piazza del Campo di Siena, Etching
Oct 14, 5:15 PM CEST
Piazza del Campo di Siena, Etching
by ArtLaRosa
Est: €0- €0
€600 Bids
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OLD FIRE DEPARTMENT BUILDING
Oct 29, 1:00 PM CEST
OLD FIRE DEPARTMENT BUILDING
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Est: CHF50- CHF100
CHF500 Bids
Just Around the Block Woodcut
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Just Around the Block Woodcut
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
Just Around the Block Woodcut
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Just Around the Block Woodcut
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Just Around the Block Woodcut
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Just Around the Block Woodcut
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Just Around the Block Woodcut
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
Just Around the Block Woodcut
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
Domenico PRONTI (active.c.1790)
Oct 13, 1:00 PM EDT
Domenico PRONTI (active.c.1790)
by East Coast Books
Est: $100- $150
$400 Bids
Domenico Aspari (Milano 1745-1831) View of the side of Milan Cathedral
Oct 13, 10:00 AM CEST
Domenico Aspari (Milano 1745-1831) View of the side of Milan Cathedral
by Il Ponte Auction House
Est: €250- €300
€2000 Bids
Architectural Prints
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Architectural Prints
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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Lotto composto di incisioni architettoniche del XIX secolo.
Oct 12, 10:00 AM CEST
Lotto composto di incisioni architettoniche del XIX secolo.
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
Julian Opie, Apartment 4
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CDT
Julian Opie, Apartment 4
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Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,6000 Bids
Julian Opie, Apartment 1
Oct 13, 11:00 AM CDT
Julian Opie, Apartment 1
by Wright
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Architecture Prints


Fichter Kunsthandel

Fichter Kunsthandel

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen

Il Ponte Auction House

Il Ponte Auction House

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida