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    Exclamation Caravaggio techniques

    Im trying to find out more about the techniques and pigments he used. If anyone has any links or references that would be great. Also any books on tenebrism that could check out would be really nice.

    thanks for the help in advance!!

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    I don't know about the pigments etc..
    but I found this site very insightful.

    http://www.rijksmuseum.nl/formats/co...remcar_en.html

    but then you might have seen it already.

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    You might like to download this pdf http://www.restaurabr.org/arc/arc03pdf/07_PhoebeDent.pdf
    Its a four page article called AN EXPLORATION OF CARAVAGGIO’S PAINTING TECHNIQUES. Contains some great details about his working method.

    Also this is an interesting video on how Caravaggio achieved some of his effects - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hghCPsc55jg

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    peter do u have any idea where one could find these articles and studies done on his work?

    thanks to both of u for the links they where great!

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    my bad the articles are at the bottom lol

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    The book by Sheppard, "How to paint like the old masters", contains the discussion of media, pigments, and techniques including those of Caravaggio's.

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    First of all, for me Michelangelo Merisi. called il Caravaggio is probably the most astounding and endowed paiter ever. He did not found any school directly, but a huge number of painters actually learned from his paintings and claimed to be his followers, including a an absolute master like Velasquez and, possibly, indirectly though, Rembrandt too.
    He was precursor of genres like tenebrismo (figures neatly emerging from darkness), paupers' painting quite popular among spanish painters, still life paintings (his famous fruit basket) and, in general, a realistic/ hyper-realistic style and a crucial istant-shot painting as a modern sensitivity or photographer had. He used common people, no elaborated design studies (working mostly directly on the canvas) any knowledge concerning optical physics, chemicals (firefly powder) and anything useful to his vision of art which, in a certain sense anticipated also quite a lot of the basic impressionistic ideas.
    He evolved from the gorgiously coloured Vernitian and Giorgione-like style to his final one.
    Having said that, as for pigments, try here:

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    http://www.caravaggio.rai.it


    PIGMENTS
    See “Bibliography on Italian 17th century painting techniques” on the website: http://www.northernlightstudio.com
    Plus the website: http://www.kremerpigments.com

    As for bibliography look at this (if You can read/ understand enough Italian too it would be better though):

    http://www.northernlightstudio.com/docs/Caravaggio.doc
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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    Dear Caesar, what a beautiful link, thank you!!!

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    Thanks for that link Caesar. What an amazing site for viewing the work of Carravaggio.

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    Smile

    thank you very much for all the info and the links. Caravaggio is my favorite painter also. here is a site i found sometime ago and it has the most detailed photo's of his work that i've ever seen. I mean you can see every brush stroke, every little crack its amazing.

    caravaggio.com

    also youtube as like a 10 part documentary all about his life and career. ill try to find the link. its really good.

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