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Renaissance Mysteries

KP Lecture Series:

YouTube Video: Michael Price discussing his newly released two-volume book: "Renaissance Mysteries".

Lecture took place on 6.10.17

at Kremer Pigments, New York City.

  

Michael Price: "Renaissance Mysteries Volume I: Natural Colour"

240 pages, 22 x 28 cm

Volume I presents the artist as a painter-craftsman with the preparation of natural colour from rocks and crystals and their application in appropriate binding mediums. The difference in colour quality between natural mineral pigments and modern synthetic paint is examined. Chapters include comprehensive step-by-step instruction for the contemporary artist and conservation scientist on how to prepare and paint with the incomparably luminous colours of the Renaissance palette, as well as the preparation of historical painting supports and grounds.

 

Michael Price: "Renaissance Mysteries Volume II: Proportion and Composition"

260 pages, 22 x 28 cm

Volume II, the artist as a creative intellectual, links the painter’s craft with the creative process and elucidates the degree of compositional planning starting with the painting’s rectangular format. The demonstrated evidence for the application of Euclidean geometry is based upon exact measurements of painted surfaces on panels, X-radiographs, and infrared images from paintings. The final chapter concludes with the reasons for the demise of this painting tradition and how industrialization and the standardization of art materials led to a new painting tradition from the nineteenth century.