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Generations of artists have learned from How to Paint Like the Old Masters, the classic volume that explores the techniques used by the great artists of the 16th and 17th centuries. Now Watson-Guptill proudly presents the 25th Anniversary Edition. Each chapter is devoted to a different Old Master—Dürer, Titian, Veronese, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Hals, Rubens, and Rembrandt—and is divided into two sections. The first part describes the artist’s techniques and discusses how artists can incorporate these methods within ...

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Overview

Generations of artists have learned from How to Paint Like the Old Masters, the classic volume that explores the techniques used by the great artists of the 16th and 17th centuries. Now Watson-Guptill proudly presents the 25th Anniversary Edition. Each chapter is devoted to a different Old Master—Dürer, Titian, Veronese, Caravaggio, Vermeer, Hals, Rubens, and Rembrandt—and is divided into two sections. The first part describes the artist’s techniques and discusses how artists can incorporate these methods within their own personal style. The second part is a full-color demonstration. Author Joseph Sheppard traces the artist’s working sequence, colors and mediums, surfaces and tools, as he creates a new painting. With today’s resurgence of interest in Old Master techniques, this unique, practical, and inspiring book is sure to teach countless artists exactly How to Paint Like the Old Masters.

A contemporary author/artist show how to become a better painter by reconstructing the classic oil techniques of the masters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823026715
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1983
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 399,971
  • Product dimensions: 9.04 (w) x 12.03 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author



Joseph Sheppard has been painting for more than fifty years. His work is featured in many museum and private collections, including the Butler Institute and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He lives in Baltimore.
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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    Great for those with a little drawing/painting background.

    This is a great book if you already have a little back ground in drawing and oil painting and want to advance your skill.
    The book teaches you what colors, painting mediums, and brush sizes to use. The author also shows you step step when to add tone and highlights while painting. The step by step color photos of the process are very helpful. He also gives recipes for making your own painting mediums as well as classical recipes.
    However, some of the information is outdated, as the book was written in the late seventie's. For example: 'while cooking your medium he recomends using an asbestos pad for even heatintg'. Surprisingly enough, some of the commercial products he recomends are still readily available.
    All and all a great book for people who want to learn classical figure or portrait painting. The paintings inside are quite nice as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

    Can't paint

    It's never encouraging to read a book about painting only to see that the author does
    not paint very well himself. Would not have purchased this but it was recommended
    reading for a class. The information is also out of date. I bought another book at the same time, covering the same material which was much more helpful [Traditional Oil
    Painting by Virgil Elliot].

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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