I will begin by proposing what would happen if this unknown woodcut artist had chosen to use long marks stretching from left to right across the shadow areas of the ram. Be mindful, however, that each stroke showing in the print is in fact created by the artist carefully carving away the “white areas” rather than being created with direct mark-making.
| Digitally altered image with uninterrupted shading lines|
| Detail of Ram, c.1550|
| Digitally altered image with shading lines randomly aligned in parallels like rain drops|