Techniques of the Old Masters

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Techniques of the Old Masters

Techniques of the Old Masters

Dates: Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July 2022
Times: 14.00–16.00 BST 
Location: Online (Zoom Webinar) 
Tutor: Dr Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe

Description: Discover how some of the finest paintings in the Wallace Collection were created. We’ll look closely at both materials and techniques to understand more about the processes of making a so-called Old Master painting, from paint brushes and pigments to the handling of paint and image composition.

We’ll examine some of the earliest paintings in the Collection to understand the constraints imposed by painting with egg tempera – coloured pigments mixed with an egg yolk binder – and consider how, for artists including Rembrandt, Velázquez and Rubens, the use of oil paints enabled them to depict sumptuous colours and palpable textures.

Prior to the invention of synthetic pigments, natural colours were both difficult to handle and limited in range; we’ll also consider how artists overcame these challenges to create a variety of purples, greens and reds to bring their paintings to life.

Please read the full course description here. 

Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five-minute break and Q&A session with the tutor. 

Tickets are for both dates of this course. Ticketholders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing both sessions. 

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Within 48 hours of each course session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only. 


Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
06/07/2022 14:00 16:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard) £40
Online Course (Concession) £37
Online Course (Member) £35
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