How to Paint like the Old Masters

How to Paint like the Old Masters

by Joseph Sheppard
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How to Paint like the Old Masters by Joseph Sheppard

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823026715
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date: 09/28/1983
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 571,559
Product dimensions: 9.04(w) x 12.03(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Joseph Sheppard is a renowned artist whose work has appeared in various galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery and the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art. He studied at the Maryland Institute of Art and has written numerous guides on art, including How to Paint Like the Old Masters, Drawing the Figure, and Anatomy: A Complete Guide for Artists.

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How to Paint like the Old Masters 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Chad82 More than 1 year ago
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 However, some of the information is outdated, as the book was written in the late seventie's. For example: 'while cooking your medium he recomends using an asbestos pad for even heatintg'.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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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].