Raffaello

Raffaello – Oil painting in Italy

“It was a beautiful invention and a great commodity to the art of painting to find the color in oil”, said Giorgio Vasari. Indeed the new technique …

Vermeer – The Seventeenth Century in Holland

Bright colors, prominency of light elements and transparency of shadows painted on a brilliant primer are the distinctive features of Flemish painting. During the Seventeenth Century …

Caravaggio – The Seventeenth Century technique in Italy

There is a close relationship between the ground preparation and the technique of applying the color. With the spread of the free canvas on the stretcher support, this relationship …

Tiziano

Tiziano – Oil painting on canvas

Paintings on canvas were already fairly widespread in the Fifteenth Century: while in Italy Cennino Cennini had already described the way to give an adequate preparation to the canvas with a …

Botticelli – The tempera grassa

The transition from egg tempera to oil technique was, unlike what is usually thought, particularly slow and gradual and meant much more …