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Pastel Painting in European in the Eighteenth Century between Scientific Knowledge and Artistic Practice

Alice Ottazzi    University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris; University of Turin    

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abstract

The study of several French, British and Italian art treatises, articles, essays, and correspondences (mainly from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries) leads to the analysis of the art of pastel as an example of the relation between scientific knowledge and artistic practice. The importance of following strictly specific recipes, as for the fixative methods as well, reveals not only the presence of a pragmatic purpose, but also aesthetic motives that could be connected to the development of the pastel practice in eighteenth-century Europe.

Published
Dec. 11, 2020
Accepted
Sept. 16, 2020
Submitted
Sept. 15, 2020
Language
IT

Keywords: Scientific knowledgePigmentsRecipesPastel practiceEighteenth century

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