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Revisiting the Renaissance Provides Hands-on Learning Experience

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Uploaded on Dec 14, 2016

If this were the 15th century, you might think you’d stumbled into an alterpiece workshop, but this an art history course examining the materials and techniques of Renaissance art. Students in this class have been learning not just where each color comes from and the processes used to derive them, but also how each was used by artists from that era.

“These students are learning that the processes involved in creating the materials that artists in the Renaissance used are quite involved,” explains Rebekah Compton, assistant professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art in the Department of Art and Architectural History. “At the beginning of the course, I had the students start by making the rabbit glue binder for the wood. You have to cook that, so we had a hot plate in here. And then we had to brush the gesso on the panels and sand the surfaces before transferring the drawings onto them. There are quite a few steps involved.”

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