Synopses & Reviews
Materials and working practices influence a painter just as much as contemporary intellectual and cultural developments. Techniques of Painting aims to help readers develop a painterly eye by learning to recognize different materials and methods of application and to appreciate how these features contribute to how a painting looks. Like all Closer Look volumes, this is a "how-to-look" guide, rather than a "how-to-do" guide, enabling readers to identify different painting techniques in all collections. The pictures illustrated range from 13th-century panel paintings in egg tempera to 19th-century oils on canvas, all from the National Gallery, London.
How do artists create different effects when painting?and#160;The medium they chooseand#8212;such as oil, watercolor, or egg temperaand#8212;plays an important part. So too does the material they paint on, the pigments used, and even the type of brush. Using examples from the National Gallery Collection, Jo Kirby shows how a painting is made, and reveals the processes behind an array of fascinating techniques. With clear explanations and close-up photography, this book will help you see paintings with a fresh eye.
About the Author
Jo Kirby works in the Scientific Department of the National Gallery, London, and is a world-renowned expert in pigments and paint materials.