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.
The advent of wet-in-wet, canvas supports, fewer layers, impasto, and visible brushstrokes.
Why did it take over 300 years to solve a compositional problem, and tell such a simple story?
Was painterly style a Venetian phenomenon, or was it more widespread in the early sixteenth century?