At the start of the 15th century, Italian easel paintings used egg tempera. By the end, Leonardo da Vinci was pushing the technical boundaries using oil paint.
Claimed to have had a constellation of major artists paint for her, what is the truth?What impact did she have on the Renaissance?
He painted a succession of fine works after his return from Venice, including superb portraits, Christ at the Column, and finally Saint Sebastian.
How can visual artists express non-visual concepts like the senses, virtues, the struggle between good and evil? Examples from Botticelli, Tintoretto, Rubens, and others.
It’s not a colour at all, say some, while the Impressionists wanted to banish it from the palette. But throughout the history of painting, the blackest black has remained vital.
Let these paintings fool you: that’s what they’re all about. Happy April Fool’s Day!
The advent of wet-in-wet, canvas supports, fewer layers, impasto, and visible brushstrokes.
Did Antonello da Messina learn to paint with oils in Flanders, and bring back a revolution to Italy?
We know almost nothing about his life, and very few works can be robustly attributed to his hand. But he was one of the most important artists in history.
Taking stock on which narratives should be used, and what techniques should be used to represent them in paintings.