Art Encyclopedia - Intaglio Graphics
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The essence of this form of graphics ( as against relief graphics ) is that the block does not retain ink. The ink which prints the image lies in a groove or hole, and moistened paper is pushed into the groove or hole when the block ( in Intaglio referred to as a plate ) and paper are run through a heavy press. Intaglio is subdivided into etching and engraving.
Intaglio sculpture refers to sculpture where there is a cut into a surface. The design or forms are sunk into the surface instead of standing out from it.