It’s sometimes hard to read a painting without understanding an inscription. Masaccio, Rossetti, Moreau, Corinth and Botticelli gives us some clues.
Since the decline of egg tempera and fresco in the Renaissance, oil paints have predominated. They rely on drying oils as their binder, which give them longevity and versatility.
Was painting ‘invented’ by the maid of Corinth? What is ‘shadow play’, and how have painters extended it to religious works? A short history of shadows in painting.
A collection of the finest paintings of the Nativity, from 1263 to the 20th century – all innovative, and some unique.
The major problems in oil painting had been solved before the van Eycks. One was a reliable supply of solvent/diluent spirits.