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A Handbook For Painters And Art Students On The Character And Use Of Colours

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The appearance of this book is timely, and the author's practical experience gives to it a high and peculiar value. Mr. Muckley has arranged his materials with care and tact, and thus afforded the student ready access to the fruits of his experience. Summaries of permanent, semi-permanent, and fugitive pigments are offered, and their utility is obvious. We notice among the permanent pigments is orange vermilion, the very colour which, in a highly commendatory letter acknowledging the dedication of the book to himself, is denounced by Mr. Poynter as not only dangerous, from the uncertainty attending the "preparation," but unnecessary, and destructive, moreover, of the purity and delicacy of the tints. Opinions may, and do, differ extremely as to the latter part of this assertion of the R.A.'s, but it is unfortunate that these doctors should differ in so important a point as the true character of a pigment which stands nearly at the top of the scale of brilliancy. Again, Indian red is admitted into the category of pigments which are permanent in oil or water. We fear the ghosts of Robson and Barret could tell Mr. Muckley a different tale, especially when they saw what happens to this colour in combination with Antwerp blue. The last pigment is included with those of the second order of permanence, but we should rather rank it in the third-that is, among the fugitive materials. We are glad to see that Strontian and Orient yellows are denounced. Pure linseed oil is recommended; but how are you to get it? We are told that Messrs. Mander Brothers, of Wolverhampton, have made arrangements to prepare pure copal and amber varnishes for painters' use. Let us see what the new Guild of Colour-makers, "Limited," will do for artists.

-The Athenaeum, Volume 76 [1880]


Gold Brocade And Renaissance Painting

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Silk fabrics woven with gold thread, predominantly produced in Italy, were depicted frequently in Renaissance painting, both in costumes and as backdrops for important figures. These painted textiles carried an economic and social significance that a contemporary audience would have recognised as part of the message conveyed by the picture. Gold brocade and Renaissance painting focuses on examples from Italy and the southern Netherlands , dating from the fourteenth to the early seventeenth centuries. Setting aside traditional notions of the hierarchy of the major and minor arts, the book treats gold brocade and painting equally as exponents of the special segment of Renaissance material culture that was art. The fabrics rendered in painting reflected the tradition of actual weaving, but only to an extent, as many gold brocades were painted from imagination. Gold brocades were much more expensive than paintings; hence the two media functioned in different contexts. Gold brocade was an important element in the display of wealth and status at grand courts, while painting often formed the only affordable substitute for courtly splendour for the socially ambitious but less affluent urban upper-middle class. Their value and cultural role also meant that gold-brocaded textiles could be included in paintings both in praise of luxury and as a condemnation of it - sometimes in one and the same work. Gold brocade and Renaissance painting examines the skills artists developed for representing these lavish textiles. It uses a wide range of documents (from inventories and account books to letters, poems, educational treatises and sermons) to compare the economic value of gold brocade and painting, clarify the conditions of their use, and interpret the different messages given by brocades in different pictures. Primarily, however, the book deals with the distinction between fact and fiction, imagination and reality in the world shown in Renaissance paintings.


A Daring Adventure In Paint

RRP $47.99

Daring Adventures in Paint is a colourful, whimsical adventure of a book that explores inspirational paint and mixed-media techniques.

Written by the well-loved artist/illustrator/blogger Mati Rose McDonough, this book's approach to making art is a bit like uncovering a hidden treasure, a treasure that resides within each aspiring artist.

Through a myriad of both practical applications and creative exercises, Mati shows artists how to "find their magic"-the place of confidence from which they can access the vision of what they want to share with the world.



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