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Tim Burton meets Raphael in the Darkness (and the Light)

Tim Burton meets Raphael in the Darkness (and the Light)

An exploration of Raphael’s late fascination with Chiaroscuro, whose multi-modal thinking can be discovered in the films of Tim Burton. A post inspired by and dedicated to the memory of Hasan Niyazi.

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Raphael’s Unione

Raphael’s Unione

My exploration of colour in the Rennaissance now leads me to Raphael (1483 –1520), who, according to Marcia B. Hall, was central to the development of two of the four modes of colour in Rome of the High Renaissance: Chiaroscuro and Unione.1 The other two modes which I’ve explored in earlier posts, were developed by [...]

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Leonardo’s Sfumato

Leonardo’s Sfumato

Well in advance of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery London in Nov 2011, I’m pleased to have a chance to focus on Leonardo’s approach to colour blending, sfumato. I’m once again mining Marcia Hall’s comprehensive book Colour and Meaning: Practice and Theory in Renaissance Painting. Colour is so central to my [...]

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Michelangelo’s Cangiantismo

Michelangelo’s Cangiantismo

In my previous post Cennini and the Superbrights I discussed the Cennini system of painting found in the treatise Libro dell ‘Arte (The Craftsman’s Handbook), written by Cennino d’Andrea Cennini in 1390. In this system painters model volume by using pure colours in the shadows, and adding white to the pure pigment to achieve mid-tones [...]

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Cennini and the Superbrights

Cennini and the Superbrights

The aspect of early Renaissance painting which first drew me in was colour.  The intense pure colours of early Flemish and Italian art still transfix no matter how many paintings I see.  Perhaps it’s a bit like being a magpie, genetically attracted to bright and luminous objects.  I finally had a chance to read ‘Color [...]

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