Artists' Techniques and Materials
An artist's materials--the bold brushstrokes of a Van Gogh oil painting, the sparkling gold leaf in a Byzantine mosaic, the fragile translucence of a porcelain vase--are not just the accessories of his or her work. They are the physical embodiment of the artist's creative vision and a reflection of the historical context in which they were used.
This latest volume in the popular Guide to Imagery series discusses the materials and processes used in eight media: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, mosaics, ceramics, glass, and metalwork. Within each of these categories, Antonella Fuga examines the range of materials and techniques that have developed over the centuries. For instance, in the chapter on drawing, she analyzes the use of charcoal, red chalk, and pastels, among other media. Capsule descriptions in the margins list essential information about the subject under discussion, and details of the artworks employed as examples are called out. The book concludes with a brief overview of contemporary techniques.
Richly illustrated with artworks from many of the world's important museums, this book provides art enthusiasts with new insights into the creation of many of the world's great masterpieces.
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16th century ancient applied artifacts artist brush burin cameo canes canvas cartoon carved Castello Sforzesco casting Cennino Cennini century B.C. ceramic charcoal chiaroscuro chisel clay coating composition copper create crystal decoration detail diamond Diffusion drawing drypoint enamel engraving etching filigree finished fired Florence fresco glassmaking glaze glue gold leaf gum arabic images incised intaglio intarsia intonaco ivory jewelry lacquer lattimo glass layer lead white lime lost-wax casting maiolica marble Materials or Techniques metal metalpoint Milan mixed mold mosaic Museo Museo Vetrario Museum niello Notes of Interest objects opaque opus oxide painted paper parchment pastel pearls pencil pincers plaster plate porcelain powder precious stones printing produced Raw Materials red chalk Related Materials resin Roman Rome scagliola sculpture sgraffito shaped sheet silver sinopia soda-lime glass soft Soft-paste porcelain surface tempera terracotta thin Tools and Supports transparent varnish Venice vitreous paste watercolor wood