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From monumental church mosaics to fresco wall-paintings, the medieval period produced some of the most impressive art in history. But how, in a world without the array of technology and access to materials that we now have, did artists produce such incredible works, often on an unbelievably large scale? Inand#160;The Riddle of the Image, research scientist and art restorer Spike Bucklow discovers the actual materials and methods that lie behind the production of historical paintings.

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Examining the science of the tools and resources, as well as the techniques of medieval artists, Bucklow adds new layers to our understanding and appreciation of paintings in particular and medieval art more generally. He uses case studiesand#151;includingand#160;The Wilton Diptych, one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery in London and the altarpiece in front of which English monarchs were crowned for centuriesand#151;and analyses of these works, presenting previously unpublished technical details that shed new light on the mysteries of medieval artists. The first account to examine this subject in depth for a general audience,and#160;The Riddle of the Imageand#160;is a beautifully illustrated look at the production of medieval paintings.

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This book explores the actual materials and methods that lie behind the production of historic paintings. Spike Bucklow examines the science of the materials, as well as the techniques of medieval artists, to add new aspects to our understanding and appreciation of the paintings in particular, and medieval art in general. The author, who works as a scientific examiner and restorer of paintings, analyses the works to throw new light on artistsand#8217; mysteries that have been lost for centuries.

The case studies include one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery, London, and the altarpiece in front of which English monarchs were crowned for centuries. Many of the technical details presented here are published for the first time and some other details have only been featured in exhibition catalogues and specialist academic papers. The author is internationally recognized for his work in the scientific examination of paintings and he also draws upon the work of other internationally recognized specialists. Whilst intensive research into artistsand#8217; materials and methods has been undertaken for several decades, this book is the first intended for a general audience that examines the subject in depth.

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Rembrandt (1606and#150;1669) is generally regarded as the finest painter of the Dutch and#147;Golden Age.and#8221; This new edition of Art in the Making: Rembrandt (published on the 400th anniversary of the artistand#8217;s birth) reexamines 21 paintings firmly attributed to Rembrandt and 6 now assigned to followers. It reassesses his technique, materials, and working methods in the light of significant scholarly developments over the last 20 years, addressing problems of attribution that were hardly touched on in the original, groundbreaking edition of 1988.

Introductory essays by distinguished conservation, curatorial, and scientific specialists cover the artistand#8217;s studio and working methods, the training of painters in 17th-century Holland, and Rembrandtand#8217;s materials and technique. The essays are followed by handsomely illustrated catalogue entries on 27 paintings. A comprehensive bibliography provides a rich source of information about the practice of oil painting, not only for Rembrandt but for 17th-century Dutch painting in general.

About the Author

David Bomford is Senior Restorer, Jo Kirby is Senior Scientific Officer, Ashok Roy is Director of Scientific Research, and Raymond White is former Principal Scientific Officer,and#160;alland#160;at the National Gallery, London. Axel Rand#252;ger, formerly Curator of Dutch Paintings at the National Gallery, is Director of the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Lead White: Strange Matter

2. The Metz Pontifical: Official Matter

3. The Macclesfield Psalter: Personal Matter

4. The Wilton Diptych: Heaven and Earth

5. The Westminster Retable: Heaven on Earth, Part 1

6. The Thornham Parva Retable: Heaven on Earth, Part 2

Epilogue

References

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781857093568
Author:
White, Raymond
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Roy, Ashok
Author:
Bomford, David
Author:
Ruger, Alex
Author:
Kirby, Jo
Author:
Bucklow, Spike
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
European
Subject:
Painting, dutch
Subject:
Expertising
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
General Art
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
National Gallery of London
Publication Date:
20060831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 color plates
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 6 x 1.1 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
This book explores the actual materials and methods that lie behind the production of historic paintings. Spike Bucklow examines the science of the materials, as well as the techniques of medieval artists, to add new aspects to our understanding and appreciation of the paintings in particular, and medieval art in general. The author, who works as a scientific examiner and restorer of paintings, analyses the works to throw new light on artistsand#8217; mysteries that have been lost for centuries.

The case studies include one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery, London, and the altarpiece in front of which English monarchs were crowned for centuries. Many of the technical details presented here are published for the first time and some other details have only been featured in exhibition catalogues and specialist academic papers. The author is internationally recognized for his work in the scientific examination of paintings and he also draws upon the work of other internationally recognized specialists. Whilst intensive research into artistsand#8217; materials and methods has been undertaken for several decades, this book is the first intended for a general audience that examines the subject in depth.

"Synopsis" by ,
Rembrandt (1606and#150;1669) is generally regarded as the finest painter of the Dutch and#147;Golden Age.and#8221; This new edition of Art in the Making: Rembrandt (published on the 400th anniversary of the artistand#8217;s birth) reexamines 21 paintings firmly attributed to Rembrandt and 6 now assigned to followers. It reassesses his technique, materials, and working methods in the light of significant scholarly developments over the last 20 years, addressing problems of attribution that were hardly touched on in the original, groundbreaking edition of 1988.

Introductory essays by distinguished conservation, curatorial, and scientific specialists cover the artistand#8217;s studio and working methods, the training of painters in 17th-century Holland, and Rembrandtand#8217;s materials and technique. The essays are followed by handsomely illustrated catalogue entries on 27 paintings. A comprehensive bibliography provides a rich source of information about the practice of oil painting, not only for Rembrandt but for 17th-century Dutch painting in general.

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