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Craftsman's Handbook (Dover Art Instruction) Paperback – 1 Jun 1954

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; 2nd Edition edition (1 Jun. 1954)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048620054X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486200545
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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This is D. V. Thompson's definitive English translation of Il Libro dell'Arte, an intriguing guide to methods of painting, written in fifteenth-century Florence. Embodying the secrets and techniques of the great masters, it served as an art student's introduction to the ways of his craft.
Anyone who has ever looked at a medieval painting and marveled at the brilliance of color and quality of surface that have endured for 500 years should find this fascinating reading. It describes such lost arts as gilding stone, making mosaics of crushed eggshell, fashioning saints' diadems, coloring parchment, making goat glue, and regulating your life in the interests of decorum--which meant shunning women, the greatest cause of unsteady hands in artists. You are told how to make green drapery, black for monks' robes, trees and plants, oils, beards in fresco, and the proper proportions of a man's body. (-I will not tell you about the irrational animals because you will never discover any system of proportion in them.-) So practical are the details that readers might be tempted to experiment with the methods given here for their own amusement and curiosity.
Today artists are no longer interested in specific directions on keeping miniver tails from becoming moth-eaten. The Craftsman's Handbook, in which these are ordinary parts of the artist's work, appears quaint and naive to us. And that is much of its charm. But when we remember the magnificent mosaics, paintings, and frescoes these methods produced, the book takes on an even greater value as a touchstone to another age.
-Recommended to the student of art.---Craft Horizons.
-Obviously of great merit.---Art Material Trade News.
-Delightful flavor.---New York Herald Tribune.
Recommended in Harvard List of Great Books on Art, Shaw's List of Books for College Libraries.


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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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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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Just as i imagined it would be. Archaic but informative.
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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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Book was recommended by a friend. Only read a particular chapter, but found it very useful
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Interesting insight into the skilled artisan in post renaissance Italy.
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Not read it yet... can't remember why I bought it.
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This book is really interesting to read and I am glad that I bought it
Highly recommend you buy this
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