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The craft of old-master drawings /
James Watrous.
imprint
Ann Arbor, Mich. : University Microfilms International, 1992.
description
xiii, 170 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0299014258
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imprint
Ann Arbor, Mich. : University Microfilms International, 1992.
isbn
0299014258
general note
Facsimle reprint of 1957 ed. published by University of Wisconsin Press.
catalogue key
2953888
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
James Watrous (1908-1999) was the Oskar Hagen Professor of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Summaries
Main Description
A comprehensive study of the techniques of drawing, this is both a historical work, covering the period from the late Middle Ages to the present, and a useful manual for contemporary artists. It presents the old masters' techniques by means of a thorough study of the historical and written evidence of the tools and materials used. The author also includes a series of workshop procedures he has developed with which the contemporary artist may produce the equivalents of the techniques of earlier draughtsmen. This book comprises a body of knowledge that is essential to students of art history, curators, collectors and artists, and is a significant addition to the literature on drawing. In addition to his scholarly investigation of earlier practices, the author identifies materials and processes used by such important artists as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Romney, Picasso, Michelangelo, Watteau, Holbein, Tiepolo, and Delacroix. For the artist interested in reproducing the effects achieved by these and many other acknowledged masters, there are full discussions and specific directions concerning the making of inks, styluses, reed and quill pens, fabricated chalks, and instructions for preparing grounds for metalpoint drawings. At every step, the discussion is supplemented with illustrations from laboratory experiments and from drawings by both old and contemporary artists. Of the more than sixty illustrations included, thirty-six are reproductions of master works, and among the others there are microphotographic enlargements of detail showing the differences in density and texture produced by various tools on different papers or grounds. Thus, as a collection of master drawings, the book is worthy of the art lover's library; as a technical study, it is an indispensable aid to the art student and practicing artist.
Unpaid Annotation
A comprehensive study of the techniques of drawing, this is both a historical work, covering the period from the late Middle Ages to the present, and a useful manual for contemporary artists. This book comprises a body of knowledge that is essential to students of art history, curators, collectors, and artists, and is a significant addition to the literature on drawing.
Main Description
A comprehensive study of the techniques of drawing, this is both a historical work, covering the period from the late Middle Ages to the present, and a useful manual for contemporary artists. It presents the old masters’ techniques by means of a thorough study of the historical and written evidence of the tools and materials used. The author also includes a series of workshop procedures he has developed with which the contemporary artist may produce the equivalents of the techniques of earlier draughtsmen. This book comprises a body of knowledge that is essential to students of art history, curators, collectors and artists, and is a significant addition to the literature on drawing. In addition to his scholarly investigation of earlier practices, the author identifies materials and processes used by such important artists as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Romney, Picasso, Michelangelo, Watteau, Holbein, Tiepolo, and Delacroix. For the artist interested in reproducing the effects achieved by these and many other acknowledged masters, there are full discussions and specific directions concerning the making of inks, styluses, reed and quill pens, fabricated chalks, and instructions for preparing grounds for metalpoint drawings. At every step, the discussion is supplemented with illustrations from laboratory experiments and from drawings by both old and contemporary artists. Of the more than sixty illustrations included, thirty-six are reproductions of master works, and among the others there are microphotographic enlargements of detail showing the differences in density and texture produced by various tools on different papers or grounds. Thus, as a collection of master drawings, the book is worthy of the art lover’s library; as a technical study, it is an indispensable aid to the art student and practicing artist.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is both a useful manual for contemporary artists and historical work covering the period from the late Middle Ages to the mid-20th century. It presents the old masters' techniques and provides specific directions for making inks, styluses, etc.
Table of Contents
The fine drawing media
Metalpoint drawingp. 3
Technical Requisitesp. 10
Physical Properties of Styluses and Groundsp. 16
Characteristics of Metalpoint Drawingp. 22
Workshop Proceduresp. 24
Chiaroscuro drawingsp. 34
Tools and Materialsp. 34
Workshop Proceduresp. 40
Pen drawingp. 44
Quill Pensp. 44
Reed Pensp. 52
Metal Pensp. 59
Workshop Proceduresp. 62
Inks for drawingp. 66
Black Carbon Inksp. 67
Iron-Gall Inksp. 69
Bistre Inkp. 74
Sepia Inkp. 78
Colored Inks and Washesp. 83
Workshop Proceduresp. 86
The broad drawing media
Chalks, pastels, and crayonsp. 91
Natural Chalksp. 91
Fabricated Chalks and Pastelsp. 112
Crayonsp. 118
Workshop Proceduresp. 122
Charcoal and graphitep. 130
Charcoal: Sources and Characteristicsp. 130
Graphitep. 138
Workshop Proceduresp. 145
Appendixp. 149
Commercial and noncommercial sources of materialsp. 149
List of masterworks citedp. 150
References and Notesp. 154
Indexp. 164
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