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Re: Rembrandt and paints

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MPBC90
Tue, 19 Oct 1999 22:22:51 EDT


Interesting tidbits sought...
Looking ahead, I want to discuss Rembrandt next month. A painting, The Night
Watch, is featured in Scholastic Art Magazine. The magazine explains that
originally this portrait of the local civic guard was not as dark, but that
"over the years, the painting darkened considerably," hence the name. I
realize that as I tell the stories and biographies of famous artists, other
questions arise. I know my kids are going to ask WHY it darkened, as we have
talked about Van Gogh's thick pastelike impastos and the story about him
licking his brushes and possibly poisoning himself. I was hoping for any
information on the practice of grinding your own paints, such as the artists
of this time did. What did they use? Was egg tempera in the picture at all?
Any facts at all, please.
Thanks so much.
MP