Methods and Materials of Painting of the Great Schools and Masters
Author: Sir Charles Lock Eastlake
Publisher: Dover Publications, New York, 2001
Size: 135 x 215 mm (5.375 x 8.5 in.); 1280 pages, Paperback.
In this comprehensive treasury (two volumes bound as one), Eastlake presents the results of his researches. He offers detailed discussions of Greek and Roman art methods, medieval techniques, tempera painting, the revolutionary use of oil paints by Hubert van Eyck, Flemish methods of preparing colors, and the methods of Reynolds and other 18th-century British masters. The second volume focuses on the technical secrets of members of various Italian schools, including such masters as Leonardo, Raphael, Correggio, Andrea del Sarto, and many others. Rounding off the book are more than 100 pages of professional essays covering a wide range of subjects -- from "Life in Inanimate Things" and "How to Compose and Paint a Single Head." Students, painters, art lovers will find it invaluable, both for its source material and its painstaking coverage of the technical evolution of painting.