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Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

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Description: Seeing Through Paintings: Physical Examination in Art Historical Studies
The ground is usually covered entirely by the paint layer, but since it affects the look of the painting, study of the ground is essential for historians in understanding the painter’s intent. Did the artist prepare a rough or a smooth ground? How was it applied? Was it colored, and, if so, was it light or dark? Was it absorbent? Did the artist avoid a ground layer entirely, and why? As with other aspects of technique, the answers to these questions can sometimes identify a painting with a …
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Related print edition pages: pp.69-100

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