Craftsman's Handbook, Paperback Book

Craftsman's Handbook Paperback

Part of the Dover Art Instruction series

4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 142 pages, Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Decorative arts
  • ISBN: 9780486200545



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So you're trying to recreate those medieval or renaissance beautiful illuminated manuscripts, or perhaps a fresco. This is a great place to start. Cennino (always, for some reason, referred to by his first name) may have been a lousy artist. But he loved to give away those secrets that great artists usually pass down verbally to their apprentices. Here it is -- everything from making gesso (some friends of mine and I tried the recipe and found it works beautifully) to grinding pigments (to make ultramarine one must grind lapis lazuli in an oil base rather than water) to preparing parchment for use.I teach calligraphy and illumination. In my beginners' classes, I recommend two books. This is one of them.

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I'll have to have a go at making some gesso, but meanwhile this is really helpful for living history research for teaching kids and families at medieval reenactment events. And a lovely style: "You can do it in other ways if you like but mine is the best". Quite.

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