The Essential Opposition (vol.I)

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 In 1847 Sir Charles Eastlake published his two volumes, Methods and Materials of Painting of the Great Schools and Masters.  Today it has been reprinted by Dover in paperback.  Among his insights into the techniques of  Renaissance masters were observations … Continued

What time Is It?

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          Here are two maternity paintings, two Madonnas, each reflects their time and each reflects some shared symbolism, in terms of color, subject, posture and design.  In Gerard David’s Maternity painting, painted around 1500, Mary wears blue, ultramarine blue. She … Continued

Painting Winter

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   When Monet decided to paint winter he looked for snow because, the glare of the yellow light of the sun on the snow causes us to see an after image of blue-violet. The subject was loaded with possibilities for … Continued

Revisting the Ideal Landscape

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             In the 17th century in Italy were many great landscape painters, Domenichino, Carracci, Dughet and the two most influential, Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain.  They all operated with a formula of composition that descended through … Continued