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First Catch a Squirrel: Historical materials and techniques in paintings from 15th to 18th centuries CANCELLED Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe Thursday 26 March 2020

This study day will be held at Nayland Village Hall, Church Lane, Nayland CO6 4JH.   There is a car park at the hall, and behind the hall on the meadow.   The cost is £30 per person, which includes coffee and biscuits and lunch.  

Lecture 1 –  First catch a squirrel

This talk will take us through the physical side of making a painting, and will also explain how the difficulty in using many of the historical materials has affected the finished look of paintings, making them sometimes seem odd to our modern eyes.

Lecture 2 –  A closer look:  Pigments and the struggle for colour

Of all the aspects of producing a painting, finding substances in the natural world which could be used for colour was the most difficult. This talk will examine the ingenious and often laborious ways in which artists managed to create the colours they needed.  Chantal will bring samples of the pigments discussed for you to look at during the talk.  

Lecture 3 –  Why does it matter:  Clues for the connoisseur

The first two talks will have looked at a number of physical aspects of how paintings were made, but does understanding these facts add up to anything more exciting still? This talk will take us into the realm of connoisseurship, and of using the understanding of materials to help us determine a date and a place of production for a painting – and possibly even to identify the artist.