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on 24 February 2009
A fascinating book and a good insight into medieval and early Italian Renaissance painting techniques. The information is surprisingly easy to rear and Cennino's spirit fills each page. There's not a great deal for the modern artist apart from inspiration, although some of the sections on gilding remain surprisingly relevant. A rite of passage for any serious painter. I'd like to update my rating but I accidentally clicked three stars and don't seem to be able to edit it!
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on 19 January 2015
This is a most interesting little book. It was written by Cennini in the 15th century and is full of all sorts of interesting points and advice for aspiring artists. It is a real little curiosity, written, of course, for artists of his time and therefore some of the advice is rather strange, for example, how to make a good black out of oak galls. Luckily, we do not have to go down that road now. However, is is an invaluable little book especially for artists who are interesting in getting involved in conservation as it teaches procedures used during the Renaissance. I would recommend this for anyone interested in art.
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on 14 March 2013
for everyone who wants to first understand craft and craftsmanship before will start to create, and for those who feel respect for the old techniques. Helpful for decorators, restorers or simply art-lovers.
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on 19 December 2011
fascinating read for art lovers of a practical nature. great chat from an art devotee passing on the joys of painting.
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on 3 December 2013
full of weird and wonderful facts and strange things people used through history also a good insight into how people thought about and understood the materials they used. tnx
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on 13 June 2013
You can dip into this book and find insights on every page. The translation is excellent and the tips for painters abundant.
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on 18 October 2013
A lovely book gives the insight of craftmen's knowledge long ago, one then think twice about the simplest things used nowadays such as glue, parchement paper.... the very beginning of the art shop of today. a very good read.
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on 5 May 2015
Bought as a present for an art history student who is completely a course. She absolutely loves it and says it gives her another dimension to understanding painting technique in this era.
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on 13 November 2013
This book is really interesting to read and I am glad that I bought it
Highly recommend you buy this
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on 3 October 2014
So that's how the the scribes in the medieval monasteries, and the painters of the Renaissance did it!!!
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