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08 January 2020"First, catch a squirrel..." Historical materials & techniques of painting, 15th - 18th century.
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"First, catch a squirrel..." Historical materials & techniques of painting, 15th - 18th century. Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe MA Phd Wednesday 08 January 2020

Wednesday 8th January 2020 at 11 am at Appleby Market Hall.

The 14th century artist Cennino Cennini recommended using "the chicken bones that you will find under the dining table" for making charcoal bone black to paint with. His treatise, 'The Artists Handbook', describes some of the surprising materials artists had to master, such as the tail of a squirrel to make paintbrushes. These difficult materials influenced the appearance of paintings long before industrial processess changed the artists world.

This lecture will explain why 15th & 16th century paintings may seem odd to our modern eyes. Our lecturer, has an MA in The History of Art from Edinburgh. She has 40 years experience as a lecturer and has taught at Sotheby's Institute of Art on the MA in Fine & Decorative Arts since 1989 and as a freelance lecturer for a number of Art Societies.