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Underdrawings in Renaissance Paintings

by David Bomford

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0300092253, Paperback)

Preliminary drawings beneath the surface layers of a painting can often be made visible by a technique called infra-red reflectography. The fascinating revelations of such underdrawings are always a source of important material for art history, leading to deductions about attribution, style, changes in composition, and workshop practices. This accessible book presents the results of pioneering research on the underdrawings of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century paintings by conservation, scientific, and curatorial staff at the National Gallery in London.

The contributors to the book explain the techniques of infra-red photography and reflectography and discuss the materials and technical findings of underdrawings in paintings of the Renaissance period. Also included in the book are detailed entries on the underdrawings of specific paintings by such renowned artists as Raphael, Giorgione, Cranach, Altdorfer, and Bruegel.

This book accompanies an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, from October 30, 2002 to February 16, 2003.

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"The National Gallery has a long tradition of exhibiting and publishing the results of the technical examination of paintings. This new title in the Art in the Making series displays the Gallery's important research into the underdrawings of fifteenth-and sixteenth-century paintings. These preliminary drawings beneath the paint layers can often be revealed by the technique of infrared reflectography - an area of study in which the Gallery has played a leading role." "The book explains the principles of infrared photography and reflectography, what each method can reveal, and how the resulting image should be interpreted. Essays on the role of underdrawing in the painter's workshop and on the materials and techniques employed, are followed by individual entries on the underdrawings in paintings by major artists of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, among them Raphael, Giorgione, Cosimo Tura, Carlo Crivelli, Hans Memling, Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Altdorfer and Pieter Bruegel."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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