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Medium Well Done: 14 Copper and other sheets
The vast majority of oil paintings have been made on supports of wood or stretched fabric. But over the centuries a wider variety of materials have been used, including sheets of metal, slate and other stone, glass, and most recently elaborately-structured composite materials. They all meet the primary requirement,... Read more
The coming year in painting: Degas, Murillo, and more
The new year has some anniversaries of major painters which I will be marking with articles here. Here is a sampling of some of the painters whose work I will be looking at, and a few examples of the paintings in store for the coming year. Of these anniversaries,... Read more
The Golden Home: 400th anniversary of Gerard ter Borch, 1
The Dutch Golden Age must have been an exciting time to live, when every decent-sized town seems to have had its own Master painter, and even the middle classes were keen to buy their work. This month marks the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of one of the... Read more
The Golden Home: 400th anniversary of Gerard ter Borch, 2
In my first article celebrating the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Gerard ter Borch (1617–1681), I looked at his development of indoor genre works from full-length portraiture. In 1655, he had become sufficiently established in Deventer that he became a citizen, and was later appointed a city... Read more