• Philamuseum: Examining a painting with a light source positioned

    2 days ago - By Fashions From History

    Philamuseum :
    Examining a painting with a light source positioned at a shallow angle to the picture plane, a viewing method called “raking light,” highlights surface textures and deformations in the paint and canvas. In this image, light positioned near the top edge of Renoir's “The Great Bathers” shows the severe forward curve of cracking, especially in the two left figures. Research indicates that this cracking relates to areas most heavily re-worked by Renoir. The relative humidity-related expansion and contraction of materials applied on the back of the painting in the 1930's may have...
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