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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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Math for Art’s Sake

Math for Art’s Sake

“He who does not understand the supreme certainty of mathematics is wallowing in confusion.”  Leonardo da Vinci. Artists of the Italian Renaissance were driven to understand the perfection of math and the natural laws of geometry (notably linear perspective) in order to create beauty in representational art. There are some art movements where math is [...]

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The Magic of Surface Detail

The Magic of Surface Detail

Surface detail is core to the achievement of visual verisimilitude, or the convincing representation of reality.  The classical philosophers including Plato considered verisimilitude to be an indispensable feature of powerful art and literature – in that verisimilitude was the medium in which to suspend disbelief. Renaissance painters embraced this principle.   In an age before [...]

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