The Drinkers, or The Triumph of Bacchus

In the mid-sixteenth century canvas replaced wood as the typical support in Spanish painting. This change brought with it a review of the usual systems of preparing the surfaces before painting. Based on the analysis of microsamples from several works in the Museo del Prado collection, this article traces the evolution of the preparation of canvases in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spain. The information obtained is compared with the instructions found in the main treatises of the period.

Boletín del Museo del Prado, Tomo XVIII n.º 46, pp. 39-59, 2010 (english translation):

The evolution of preparations for painting on canvas in sixteenth and seventeeth century Spain (pdf, 1.3MB)

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