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Their island climate didn’t suit fresco, so the Venetians tried oils instead—these paints blend when wet.
Jay Krueger, head of painting conservation at the Gallery, investigated the layers and materials Rothko might have used to create the black paintings.
Renaissance painters often used underdrawings to guide their brushes, particularly when tackling hands and drapery.
Evenly spaced staples? Check. No surface undulations? Check. This taut, large-format canvas is ready to paint.
From carpenters and workshop assistants to apothecaries and goldsmiths, it took a village to make a panel painting.
What did medieval and Renaissance painters have in common with pharmacists? Hint: a mortar and pestle.