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First catch a Squirrel: Historical Materials and Techniques in Painting from 15th to 18th Centuries

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Lecture by Dr Brotherton-Ratcliffe

(via Zoom or at a venue and time to be confirmed - please check our website under Further Information for latest situation.)

The 14th century artist Cennino Cennini recommended using “the chicken bones that you will find under the dining table” for making charcoaled bone black to paint with. His treatise, The Artists’ handbook, gives us an understanding of some of the surprising materials which any artist had to master before he could begin to paint, such as the tail of a squirrel to make his paintbrushes. However, many of these materials were difficult to use and have an effect on the finished look of paintings from the centuries before industrial processes changed the artist’s world. This lecture will explain the techniques and the reasons for some of the features of 15th and 16th century paintings which may seem odd to our modern eyes.

Dr Brotherton-Ratcliffe has an MA in History of Art from Edinburgh and a PhD from the Warburg Institute, London University. With 40 years’ experience as a lecturer, Chantal has taught at Sotheby’s Institute of Art on the MA in Fine and Decorative Arts since 1989 and as a freelance lecturer for a number of societies in London, Italy and America. Having also trained as a paintings conservator, she brings an understanding of the making and the physical painting to her lectures and study sessions.

Zoom lectures

Guests are welcome to a maximum of 2 lectures at a charge of £5.00 each time. Please email Richard Brown at rockleigh@sky.com who will send you the link and payment details. If the lecture is live please enquire.

Contacts

Lizzie Booth


Dates and venues

  • Thursday 15 April 2021 - 7:30pm, (via Zoom or at a venue and time to be confirmed - please check our website under Further Information for latest situation.)

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Art, crafts and hobbies Art and craft-related items, including exhibitions, sales and workshops. Also, hobbies like modelling and collecting.
Learning and interest Events related to education and careers, as well as learning for fun. Also, talks, guided walks, and events of historical or other interest.

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