As an artist, one of the best ways to show off your talents is on the web. From masterful oil paintings to photo paintings, there is simply something in this material that gives prestige. But did you know that the canvas is a fairly recent development in the history of art? Historically made from tightly woven hemp – the word word comes from Latin cannabis – it was widely used in the 16th century in the Italian Renaissance. Venetian painters were particularly interested in the use of the canvas because it was easier for them to use them in a humid environment, such as frescoes (poorly dried in the lagoon) or wood panels (moisture absorbent and curled ). They also had a large and cheap stock, provided that the material was also used for the manufacture of sails and that the Venetians were known for their naval fleet.
The canvas has other advantages, which have made it possible to replace wood panels slowly. An important fact in the material used today is that the canvas allows for larger sizes, easy to wear because they are lightweight and can be rolled. They are also less sensitive to defects and cracks that may occur with wood panels. Among other things, these factors led to a proliferation of paintings. Shortly after, the Spaniards began the Italian style with the art of canvas. Indeed, the emblematic painting of Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez is dominated by a large canvas on the left side of the painting, proving that the canvas itself was suitable for kings.
While hemp and flax are traditionally used to make canvases – and we still find them today – most industrial fabrics are made of cotton. Since the price of the fabric is economical, cotton also expands, which means that works of art are less prone to cracking and damage. Cotton is woven with a plain weave that increases its strength, and artists can choose the canvas because of the density of the cotton. The canvas is then wrapped around wooden stretchers and prepared for color with Gesso. The layer of gesso prevents the oil painting from coming into direct contact with the canvas, which would cause rot. Throughout the Renaissance, artists made great efforts so that their preparatory layers mask the structure of the canvas.
For this blog post our own Caroline Cohoon takes over the reins. Caroline is not only our incredible customer service manager, she is also a savvy photographer and world traveler. Get off Caroline. Thanks Eric! You know, selling original paintings is a wonderful thing, but it comes at a price. This not only means that the price is high, but also that you no longer have the color. Making Giclée Canvas Prints is a great way to make more of your art. The art market is often hit by a recession and can provide you with more favorable options for your artwork through strategies that will help you succeed in your business. Offering Giclées does not diminish the value or opportunity of your original painting. The originals are truly unique and have a depth and texture that are not always identical in the giclee copy. You can also beautify every giclee after printing so that everyone will find a new and unique piece with even more value.
Some sites offer scanning services. However, if you are not in a big city, you might not be able to find a place to scan large tables. You can also hire a photographer to take digital photos of your studio artwork, but both options can bring a lot of money to your reproduction budget. Here are some tips to get a good digital photo of your art that will get good quality giclee reproductions. Make sure your camera settings are correct. You want the highest resolution available. Although current cameras often have more than 10 MPs, you can set them to a lower value to get more photos on a memory card. When making reproductions, always make sure that the setting is maximum. Also check the compression level. You want a large JPG file that does not compress the photos, resulting in rasterization. It usually looks like a staircase or a piece of cake, but can also be called “standard, fine or super fine”.
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