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Bucklow, Spike, author.

The riddle of the image : the secret science of medieval art / Spike Bucklow.

London : Reaktion Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
300 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Reference Library
ND1471 .B83 2014 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-290) and index.
From monumental church mosaics to fresco wall-paintings, the medieval period produced some of the most impressive art in history. But how, in a world without the array of technology and access to materials that we now have, did artists produce such incredible works, often on an unbelievably large scale? In The Riddle of the Image, research scientist and art restorer Spike Bucklow discovers the actual materials and methods that lie behind the production of historical paintings.
Subject Terms:
Art, Medieval.
Artists' materials.
Painting, Medieval -- Technique.

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