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Greek and Roman art methods, medieval techniques, tempera painting, van Eyck's revolutionary use of oil paints, Flemish methods of preparing colors, methods of 18th-century British artists, technical secrets of Italian schools, including such masters as Leonardo, Raphael, Correggio, Andrea del Sarto, and more.
Sir Charles Eastlake’s "Methods and Materials of Painting …" (Dover 2001 reprint) originally to separate volumes.
One person found this helpful.
on September 1, 2013
By Michael J. Novotnak
The book is excellent for what it is: a well researched academic survey & objective analysis of painting techniques by a qualified specialist, using a wide range of historic documents. He has an advantage of one living in an age now past; one who perhaps represents a more coherent and unified, if narrower point of view. Much in the way of available research and new analytical techniques has changed since then, not to mention painting itself, its materials and its methods. I myself paint and I’m a history buff who likes books. I purchased a used paperback copy from a bookseller who knew what he/she was talking about. It arrived without delay. I am pleased. Take notice that this Dover paperback is nearly two inches thick with the typical ‘perfect’ type of non-stitched binding, meaning if not cared for it may again take the unintended physical form of two separate books.
A must for any Atelier Student
6 people found this helpful.
on August 22, 2008
By Amazon Customer
I am working on my MFA in art. While I am not a strict conservative in the tradition of painting, I am very serious about my training in the techniques of the old masters. Many new books have been published that claim to give you the substance needed, but most of these books show you what you can do, not how you can do it. We are in a period of time in art education where the late modernist and early postmodernist curriculum is strongly emphasized. It is a rare opportunity to find a teacher that has the information this book contains. A true painter ought to know where his materials come from and how they are made. This book gives direct translations from the old masters on how to create pigments and vehicles for oil painting. Like the fact that masters would save the bones from dinner and them char them to create lamp black. This book also gives techniques for purifying raw linseed oil. Little facts like these have been a mystery to me for so long because few teachers know this information.
My favourite book on the techniques of old masters
on July 19, 2014
By Jake Oz
My favourite book on the techniques of old masters. It is older english and a dense read, but note taking and time will reward you significantly with this one.
on November 30, 2015
By Dr. Ken
Eastlake – Methods & Materials
on March 19, 2016
By Mike Ross
Methods & Materials of Painting of the Great Schools & Masters ~
Excellent but might not be the whole story
18 people found this helpful.
on December 5, 2006
By Brian Asquith
My initial reaction on receiving this book was “Bloody hell is it big enough!?” At 1024 pages you’re certainly getting a lot of information for your buck.
Pivotal printed text- the only book you should have.
24 people found this helpful.
on March 11, 2005
By Dan Riesmeyer
I was disheartened while reviewing the comments by others concerning Eastlake’s work and felt personally obligated the “weigh in” with my own conclusion. Simply, C. Eastlake’s book is by far the most valuable resource for any aspiring artist who believes in traditional technique.
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