Medieval and Renaissance Treatises on the Arts of Painting: Original Texts with English Translations

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Preeminent among rare reference books, this 1849 work reprints manuscript collections on painting and related arts from the 12th through 17th centuries. The treatises describe European oil painting practices, methods of mixing pigments, much more. The original-language versions appear with English translations on facing pages, and preliminary comments introduce each treatise.
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Overview


Preeminent among rare reference books, this 1849 work reprints manuscript collections on painting and related arts from the 12th through 17th centuries. The treatises describe European oil painting practices, methods of mixing pigments, much more. The original-language versions appear with English translations on facing pages, and preliminary comments introduce each treatise.
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An unabridged one-volume reprint of the two-volume collection of texts ranging from the 12th to the 17th centuries, with the original and English translation on facing pages. Describing oil painting practices in several Italian cities and in France and Brussels, most are recipe books describing how to make purify, grind, and dissolve pigments; prepare wood and cloth for painting; make inks, dyes, and glues; and perform other tasks. Some considers such topics as mosaics, gilding, glazing, cutting precious stones. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486404400
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 11/18/2010
  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
  • Pages: 1280
  • Sales rank: 1,250,333
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 2.28 (d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER I.
  ON THE STATE OF SOCIETY AND OF THE ARTS DURING THE MIDDLE AGES
CHAPTER II.
  MINIATURE PAINTING
CHAPTER III.
  MOSAICS
    Tarsia Work
CHAPTER IV.
  GLASS
  1. Early History of Glass Painting in Italy
  2. Windows
  3. Various Methods of Painting on Glass
  4. Other Uses to which Glass was applied
    Note.-On Jewish Glass
CHAPTER V.
  ON GILDING AND OTHER ARTS-
  1. On Gilding
  2. On Auripetrum and Porporino
  3. On the Use of Wax in Painting
  4. On Painting Statues
  5. On the Implements used in Painting
  6. "On Leather, Dyed and Gilt"
  7. On Niello
  8. On Dyeing
CHAPTER VI.
  PAINTING IN OIL-
  Introduction
  1. Opinions of Eminent Italian Artists as to the Practice of the Old Masters
  2. Colours used in Painting
  3. On Oils and Varnishes-
      On Grinding and Diluting the Colours
      On the Purification of Oils
      On Dryers and Drying Oils
      On Essential Oils
      On Resins
      On Varnishes
      On Varnish in Painting
      On Varnishing Pictures
  4. On the Preparation of the Grounds
      Methods of Painting
    Note.-On MS. of Fra Forunato of Rovigo
MANUSCRIPTS OF JEHAN LE BEGUE-
  Preliminary Observations
  TABULA DE VOCABULIS SINONIMIS ET EQUIVOCIS COLORUM
  (Table of Synonymes and Words of uncertain signification.)
  Alia Tabula Imperfecta et sine Inicio
  "(Another Table, imperfect and without a beginning.)"
  Experimenta de Coloribus
  (Experiments on Colours)
MANUSCRIPTS OF S. AUDEMAR-
  Preliminary Observations
  Liber Magistri Petri de Sancto Audemaro de Coloribus Faciendis
  "(The Book of Master Peter, of S. Audemar, on making Colours.)"
MANUSCRIPTS OF ERACLIUS-
  Preliminary Observations
  De Coloribus et Artibus Romanorum-
  (On the Colours and Arts of the Romans)-
    LIB I.
    LIB II.
    LIB III.
MANUSCRIPTS OF ARCHERIUS-
  De Coloribus Diversis Modis Tractatur
  (A Treatis on preparing many kinds of Colours.)
  De Diversis Coloribus
  (On Colours of different kinds.)
  Additional Recipies by Jehan le Begue
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