Study of Painting


The Study of Painting (eBook)

by Roger de Piles with preface and footnotes by C G Barlow

2021 (Published by The Dialogues Press); 18 pages; eBook formats: eReaders, tablets, smartphones, PC or Mac, Nook, Kobo and Kindle.

Perfect for educationalists, artists and students interested in learning how to create multi-figure paintings. The Dialogues Press presents “Of the Order Which ought to be Observed in the Study of Painting.”, a chapter extracted from a 1743 English translation of Roger de Piles’, Cours de peinture par principles avec un balance de peintres, which includes a preface and footnotes by C G Barlow. First published in 1708, the chapter is a short educational manual teaching how students are to learn to imitate nature and develop multi-figure compositions. There are detailed sections on what the antique is and how it is used in conjunction with the life model to form compounds. Other topics discussed are geometry, perspective, claro-obscuro and colour harmony. Artists referred to are: Raphael, Michelangelo, Romano, Rubens, Titian, Van Dyck, amongst many others. De Piles was an artist and secret agent for Louis XIV. He was the chief theorist at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris and the most important art theorist of late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century Europe. The text has been carefully prepared for eReaders by a specialist in period treatises, and there are footnotes explaining key words, concepts and biographies of artists. Containing the original pagination, the book is equally useful for professional art historians as a search tool. So, whether you are a student learning to paint, an art lover keen to learn more about how to look at paintings in museums or exhibitions, or whether you are a seasoned artist looking for new inspiration, this is the right eBook for you.

Product #: 00213

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