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How to Paint Like the Old Masters

Item No: 151:082302671X
Category: 42

Price:  $22.50

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Author: Joseph Sheppard
ISBN: 082302671X
Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1983
Size: 230 x 300 mm (9 x 12 in) 80 full-color pages. Bibliography, Index. Paperback.

You may have stood in a museum marveling at a painting by one of the great masters—Rembrandt, Titian, Vermeer—and thought, "How did he do it?" Or perhaps you wished you could slip back in time and watch a master paint—seeing for yourself how he achieved those stunning effects. Of course that isn't possible, but in this unique book, Joseph Sheppard, a leading contemporary painter, shows you in detailed, full-color demonstrations the variety of oil painting techniques perfected by the old masters in the 16th and 17th centuries—the golden age of oil painting.

The techniques Sheppard describes cover the full spectrum from the direct painting (alla prima) of Rubens and Hals to the elaborate underpainting and glazing methods of Rembrandt and Titian. As he covers these techniques, he supplies technical techniques on such essentials as which natural oils the artists used and methods of purifying them, colors they used, various primers used for canvases or panels, types of brushes preferred, as well as contemporary commercial substitutes for many of the ingredients of the old masters' formulas. Each chapter is devoted to a different old master—Durer, Titian, Veronese, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Hals, Rubens, Rembrandt—and is divided into two parts. The first section describes the artist's background, his basic style and techniques, and ways the reader can duplicate these techniques but keep his personal style. The second part is a full-color demonstration showing numerous steps in a painting's progress. Sheppard traces the artist's basic procedures—his working sequence, his colors and mediums, his painting surfaces and tools—while painting in his own style.

How to Paint Like the Old Masters is the book many painters have hoped for. It's a chance to see the techniques of the master painters come alive and will fascinate anyone who has ever admired their works.

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