15th Century Colour Palettes

Publication date:
December 2020
Publisher :
Artists Bookworks
Editor :
Patricia Railing
Illustration :
164 pp 16 col plates, 13 mono illus
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ISBN : 9780946311224

Dimensions : 216 X 168 mm
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• Many recipes from 15th century Italian treatises for painting in fresco and oil on panel are included in this handbook.

15th century Italian painting mastered the art of painting light in the world. As Leon Battista Alberti wrote in On Painting (1435), "light has the power to vary colour", hence a rich palette of pigments and how to mix colours was necessary to capture every nuance. Countless recipes are provided by the anonymous author of "Secrets for Colours" (c. 1450), called the Bolognese Manuscript, intended for use in fresco and in oil on panel, accompanied by instructions on how to make varnishes for paintings.