The Art Renewal Center is pleased to make available a growing collection of technical articles for artists, students, and art lovers alike. Some of these have been out of print for many years while others are new contributions to our understanding of art, how it can be made, and where it came from. Enjoy!
There has been a lot of near-nonsense written over the past few years by art historians and modern artists, neither of whom have any background in the practical aspects of realistic figure painting, about the incised lines in Caravaggio's paintings. The main idea seems to be that Caravaggio, instead of sketching his placements with a charcoal or a brush, used a sharp stick to gouge the placement lines into the plaster....
"Since I wrote my previous technical column, several important discoveries have been made that serious oil painters should know about. " Here is the 2009 update to Virgil Elliott's Technical Column on ARC.
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Michael John Angel Kathy McNenly Oil on panel 20 x 18 cm (7.87" x 7.09") Private collection