Old Masters - study & reference 'detail' pictures and technical resources.
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Please visit my site dannyvanrijswijk.com/Illustrator/Studio_Secrets.html/ for tons of information about oil painting in the tradition of the Old Masters!

-update; 3 New 'Caravaggio' close-up photographs added!

Dear artist,

This page has been set-up as a non-commercial resource, to study the works of the Old Masters, and to gain technical information, articles and books, all related to oil painting.

About the photographs; My aim is to show close-ups of Old Master paintings to study their fabulous techniques in full detail.*
(*click on "ALL SIZES" to see the LARGE image!) Most pictures are photographed by me with a Canon 20D DSLR camera - Canon 50-mm & 100-mm macro lens.

The art related links speak for themselves, all information is just one mouse-click away.

The craft of oil painting is an incredible fascinating part of our history, and deserves to be studied, worshipped and to be shared.
If you own excellent quality, high-res detail pictures, or art related links and information that should belong here, I kindly ask you to donate them: nightf3v3r@gmail.com


The Studio Secrets team.
dannyvanrijswijk.com/Illustrator/Studio_Secrets.html



- Art related links:

www.avrknives.com
The site of my father, who is a custom knife maker, and an incredible craftsman.

Details From The Madonna And Canon Van Der Paele By Van Eyck:
home.earthlink.net/~booska/vaneyck.htm

www.rijksmuseum.nl from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, with lots of large pictures of masterpieces.

www.sandstead.com/gallery.html

Liechtenstein Museum, Wien:
www.liechtensteinmuseum.at/en/pages/home.asp

Lots of resources here:
www.classicalworkshop.com

Have a look at this great one on Rembrandt's late religious portraits:
www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2005/rembrandt/flash/index.shtm

A nice collection of paintings:
www.flickr.com/photos/gatochy/sets/72157594448530125/
flickr.com/photos/menesje/sets/72157600182379291/


-Technical:

"Oil painting with "CALCITE SUN OIL" by Louis R. Velasquez.
'Safety and Permanence without Hazardous Solvents, Resins, Varnishes, and Driers'
www.calcitesunoil.com/

Tad Spurgeon - how and why of older painting techniques.
www.tadspurgeon.com/

Historical Oil Painting Varnishes and Mediums. A lot of information as well.
www.jamescgroves.com/mediums.htm

Yellowing and bleaching of paint films:
aic.stanford.edu/jaic/articles/jaic24-02-002.html

Restoring Rembrandt's St. James the Greater video:
www.sothebys.com/video/privateview/N08282/index.html

National Gallery of Art, Johannes Vermeer in-depth feature:
www.nga.gov/feature/vermeer/

National Gallery Technical Bulletin - article on Raphael's early work:
www.nationalgallery.co.uk/PDFs/TB25.pdf

The influence of lead ions on the drying of oils:
www.si.edu/MCI/downloads/articles/Tusoma_paper.pdf

Zinc White - Problems in Oil Paint
28-year study exposes problems:
www.naturalpigments.com/education/article.asp?ArticleID=127

Blockx - The truth about POPPY OIL:
www.blockx.be/en/produits/huileoeillette.asp

Paintings on Canvas: Lining and Alternatives:
www.tate.org.uk/research/tateresearch/tatepapers/04autumn...

Considerations for display and storage of paintings
www.si.edu/mci/downloads/reports/Mecklenburg-Part2-Temp.pdf

Leslie Carlyle - historically accurate reconstruction on lead white with a cooked leaded oil and standard oil with lead driers added:
www.cci-icc.gc.ca/whats-new/news27/oilpaint_e.shtml

The Dimensions of Colour - an account of the dimensions of colour and light
www.huevaluechroma.com/

'Lost Secrets of Flemish Painting', written by Donald C. Fels.
Included in this work is the first complete English translation of the De Mayerne manuscript B.M. Sloane 2052. Donald sells historical varnishes and mediums as well.
ambervarnish.com/index.php?pr=book

Excellent demo from Gamblin how to apply GamVar (Regalrez) varnish.
www.gamblincolors.com/oil.painting.techniques/varnishes.html

A well done video tutorial on painting a Willem van Aelts flower study with acrylics.
jansenartstudio.com/2008WVAStudy.html

This can be so handy.. a Measurement Conversion Table!
www.recipedelights.com/measurements.htm


- Articles & Books:

Karel van Mander - Het schilder-boeck.
(Only if you can read 17th century Dutch!)
www.dbnl.org/tekst/mand001schi01_01/

The secret behind Italian Renaissance painters' brilliant palettes:
www.artknowledgenews.com/205

Secret Formulas and Techniques of the Masters - Jaques Maroger
carolallisonart.com/SecretFormulaIndex.html

Studio Secrets by Frederic Taubes
www.mediafire.com/?63bwdyxe2mm

The Painter and Varnisher's Guide
books.google.com/books?id=9_EEAAAAYAAJ&printsec=front...

The Essentials of Anatomy by William Darling and A. L. Ranney
www.mediafire.com/?1tklyh2wxzn

Constructive Anatomy by George B. Bridgman
www.mediafire.com/?aiiyugmwin2

Anatomical Plates Diminished from Albinus by Robert Hooper, M.D.
www.mediafire.com/?3oio0n25ytz

The Human Machine by George B. Bridgman
www.mediafire.com/?7ioqtyuii1g

Stories of the Italian Artists by Vasari by E. L. Seeley
www.mediafire.com/?8tz3moow3mk

White-lead: Its Use in Paint by Alvah Horton Sabin
www.mediafire.com/?dm2zndizj3z

Materials for Permanent Painting by Maximilian Toch
www.mediafire.com/?ftmynyq0khc

The Chemistry of Paints and Painting by Sir Arthur H. Church
www.mediafire.com/?1emu3ynmggw

The Analysis of Paints and Painting Materials by Henry A. Gardner
www.mediafire.com/?8izjdz44n2i

The Art and Craft of Drawing by Vernon Blake
www.mediafire.com/?ayyg2g1w2ot

Line- An Art Study by Edmund J. Sullivan
www.mediafire.com/?ayyg2g1w2ot

A Handbook for Painters and Art Students By William Muckley, 1880
www.mediafire.com/?1hz11iz93nm

Practical Hints on Light and Shade in Painting By John Burnet, 1880
www.mediafire.com/?fuztwyj0nzt

The Book of the Art of Cennino Cennini translated by Christiana J. Herringham
www.mediafire.com/?2zhmurytohl
An online version of Cennino Cennini's 'Il Libro dell' Arte
www.noteaccess.com/Texts/Cennini/

The Art of Painting in Oil and in Fresco Translated from Jean-Francois-Leonor Merimee's original treatise
www.mediafire.com/?8mgcmymgzty

Methods and Materials of Painting of the Great Schools and Masters (vol. 2 only) by Sir Charles Lock Eastlake
www.mediafire.com/?3mwymy4r2oo

THE PAINTER IN OIL by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
www.mediafire.com/?7yxgsa1bedg

Egg Tempera Painting, Tempera Underpainting, Oil Emulsion Painting- A Manual of Technique by Vaclav Vytlacil and Rupert Davidson Turnbull
www.mediafire.com/?0fotjzzi2dh

Elementary Instruction in the Art of Illuminating and Missal Painting on Vellum by D. Laurent De Lara
www.mediafire.com/?52ncmz2onhg

The secret of the old masters (1909)
www.archive.org/details/secretofoldmaste00abeniala

The Painter in Oil, by Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst. "The Painter in Oil has become one of the most sought after books on technique and the science of painting." copyright 1898:
www.artrenewal.org/articles/2002/Parkhurst/parkhurst1.asp

Andrew Loomis art instruction books, they are no longer in print and nearly impossible to find:
www.placidchaos.com/AM/index.php?title=andrew_loomis&...

The Teacher of Flowers and Fruit Painting by Domenic Mathews Campana
www.archive.org/download/teacherofflowers00campiala/teach...

The Secret of the Old Masters by Albert Abendschein
www.archive.org/download/secretofoldmaste00abeniala/secre...

The Italian Schools of Painting by John Thomas James
www.archive.org/download/italianschoolsof00jameuoft/itali...

A Text-book of the History of Painting by John Charles Van Dyke
www.archive.org/download/textbookofhistor00vanduoft/textb...

The Chemistry of Paints and Painting by Arthur Herbert Church
www.archive.org/download/chemistryofpaint00churuoft/chemi...

Materials for Permanent Painting by Maximilian Toch
www.archive.org/download/materialsforperm00tochrich/mater...

Schools and Masters of Painting by A. G. Radcliffe
www.archive.org/download/schoolsmastersof00radcuoft/schoo...

Studies in Pictures by John Charles Van Dyke
www.archive.org/download/studiesinpicture00vanduoft/studi...

Cyclopedia of Painters and Paintings by John Denison Champlin
www.archive.org/download/cyclopediaofpain01chamuoft/cyclo...

The Flemish School of Painting by Alphonse Jules Wauters
www.archive.org/download/flemishschoolofp00wautuoft/flemi...

Van Dyck by Lionel Cust
www.archive.org/download/vandyckg00custiala/vandyckg00cus...

Handbook of Painting: The Italian Schools, by Franz Kugler
www.archive.org/download/handbookofpainti02kugliala/handb...

How to Look at Pictures, by Robert Clermont Witt
www.archive.org/download/howtolookatpictu00wittuoft/howto...

Color and Its Applications, by Matthew Luckiesh
www.archive.org/download/colorapplications00luckrich/colo...

Paint Technology and Tests by Henry Alfred Gardner
www.archive.org/download/painttechnologyt00gardrich/paint...

The American drawing-book: a manual for the amateur, and basis of study for the professional artist. Chapman, J.G. (John Gadsby), 1808-1889.
digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/DLDecArts/DLDecArts-idx...

Collection of classic Illustrators:
www.flickr.com/photos/leifpeng/collections/72157600016118...

Crane, Walter, 1914. Line & Form.
www.archive.org/details/lineform00cranuoft

Ruskin, John. The elements of drawing (1920 edition).
www.archive.org/details/elementsofdraw00ruskuoft

Richter, Jean Paul, The literary works of Leonardo da Vinci (Volume 1 and 2).
The same illustrated edition of Leonardo notebooks that was reprinted by Dover.
www.archive.org/details/literaryworksofl01leonuoft
www.archive.org/details/literaryworksofl02leonuoft

Stone, Irving And Jean, 1962. I, Michelangelo, Sculptor (Michelangelo's Letters).
www.archive.org/details/IMichelangeloSculptor

Whistler, James McNeill, 1909. The gentle art of making enemies, as pleasingly exemplified in many instances, wherein the serious ones of this earth, carefully exasperated, have been prettily spurred on to unseemliness and indiscretion, while overcome by an undue sense of right.
www.archive.org/details/gentleartofmakin00whisiala

Ludovici, Anthony Mario, 1912 - The letters of a post-impressionist; being the familiar correspondence of Vincent van Gogh.
www.archive.org/details/lettersofpostimp00goghuoft

Gauguin, Paul, 1919. Noa Noa. Translated from the French by O.F. Theis.
www.archive.org/details/noanoa11646gut

Vasari, Giorgio. Lives of the most eminent painters, sculptors & architects (complete in ten volumes).
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine01vasa
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine02vasauoft
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine03vasa
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine04vasa
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine05vasauoft
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine06vasauoft
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine07vasauoft
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine08vasauoft
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine09vasauoft
www.archive.org/details/livesofmostemine10vasauoft

Clark, Kenneth, 1952. Leonardo Da Vinci An Account Of His Development As An Artist.
www.archive.org/details/leonardodavincia013645mbp

Hind, Charles Lewis. Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.
www.archive.org/details/drawingsofleonar00leonuoft

Marillier, H. C. 1912. The Early Work of Aubrey Beardsley.
www.archive.org/details/earlyworkwithpre00bearuoft

The later work of Aubrey Beardsley.
www.archive.org/details/laterworkofaubre00bearuoft

Quennell, Peter, 1955. Hogarth's Progress.
www.archive.org/details/hogarthsprogress011296mbp

Clapp, 1916 - Jacopo Carucci da Pontormo, his life and work.
www.archive.org/details/jacopocaruccidap00clapuoft

Panofsky, Erwin, 1955. The Life and Art of Albrecht Durer.
The classic study of Durer
www.archive.org/details/lifeandartofalbr000686mbp

Strange, Edward Fairbrother, 1906. Hokusai, the old man mad with painting.
www.archive.org/details/hokusaioldmanmad00strauoft

Whistler (lots)
www.archive.org/search.php?query=Whistler

Clark, Kenneth. The Romantic Rebellion.
www.archive.org/details/TheRomanticRebellion

Clark, Kenneth, 1949. Landscape into Art.
www.archive.org/details/landscapeintoart000630mbp

Panofsky, Erwin, 1955. Meaning In The Visual Arts - Papers In and On Art History.
www.archive.org/details/meaninginthevisu010505mbp

The Munsell Color System:
www.applepainter.com

- Usefull links:

www.oldholland.com
www.michaelharding.co.uk
www.schmincke.com
www.blockx.be
www.winsornewton.com
www.talens.com
www.sennelier.fr
www.daler-rowney.com
www.maimeri.it
www.lukas-online.com
www.lascaux.ch/english
www.goldenpaints.com
www.williamsburgoilpaint.bizland.com
www.shopvasaricolors.com
www.maimeri.it/index_en.asp
www.lefranc-bourgeois.com/index.php

www.claessens-va.be
www.archivalsuppliers.com

ColorJack: Sphere (Color Theory Visualizer):
www.colorjack.com/sphere/?LoadJack=fu:3

How to get the divine proportion/golden section into your composition (Photo-retouching plug-in):
www.powerretouche.com/Divine_proportion_introduction.htm#...

How to Hang Pictures Perfectly!
www.ronhazelton.com/tips/hanging-pictures-video.htm

- Online stores - specialised art materials:

www.calcitesunoil.com
www.jamescgroves.com/mediums.htm

stores.ebay.com/Camera-Obscura-Lucida-Shop
www.ambervarnish.com
www.naturalpigments.com/
www.rdoak.stirsite.com/page/page/5236343.htm
kremer-pigmente.de/
stores.homestead.com/conservemp/StoreFront.bok?sfs=672d4d4f
www.kamapigment.com/asp/main.asp?llang=1

- Forums:

rationalpainting.org/
www.eggtempera.com/
www.artquorum.com/forum/
www.naturalpigments.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi
www.amien.org/forums/

Digital camera forum:
www.dpreview.com/forums/

- Art related sites:

www.goodart.org
www.artrenewal.org
www.artchive.com
www.artcyclopedia.com
www.artnet.com
www.juxtapoz.com
www.artcritical.com

- Inspirational, strange or totaly weird;

www.foundmagazine.com
www.squareamerica.com
www.ufoartwork.com
www.circusmuseum.nl/eng/
www.flickr.com/photos/94177846@N00/
www.museumofhoaxes.com
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