Rembrandt’s eyes

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Methods of painting faces and eyes in portraits or tronies rely on different techniques of pigment mixing. Infrared imaging examination of several heads painted by Rembrandt and his contemporaries has shown that, during the 1630s and 1640s, Rembrandt favoured mixing a small amount of black pigment with the white paint used for the eyeballs. Only two of Rembrandt’s contemporaries
did the same. However, in the 1650s, Rembrandt appears to have abandoned this practice. While two contemporary English sources, from 1634 and ca. 1650, describe the method in some detail, the eye-painting technique referred to in those works likely evolved independently of that employed in Rembrandt’s workshop.
Publikationsdato18 sep. 2023
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 18 sep. 2023
BegivenhedICOM-CC 20th Triennial Conference
- Valencia, Spanien
Varighed: 18 sep. 202322 sep. 2023


KonferenceICOM-CC 20th Triennial Conference