Is Renaissance Oil Painting Damaged Goods?


Have you ever wanted to know why you can tell Renaissance oil paintings are old? There are several factors that artists used to help determine the quality and age of a painting. I’ll give you some examples below and also explain what I mean. Hopefully this will help you make a different point of comparison between old Renaissance artwork and your own paintings.

Renaissance oil paintings

A. Renaissance paintings were typically created in much warmer conditions than what are allowed today within narrow margins of acceptable humidity and temperature. This would allow for much more drying out of the pigments before they reached their maturation. This would create a rich and vibrant appearance and would also keep the colors more true to life, even if the temperatures were much colder than they are today. B. under the current accepted standards that most museums utilize when storing Renaissance oil paintings, these paintings don’t deteriorate at all over time.

C. Within narrow margins of acceptable humidity and temperature, Renaissance paintings could have been painted in rooms with very high levels of humidity. These rooms were heated from the ceiling and often times the walls were painted with water based paints. If the humidity was very high, the Renaissance artist would often times use a mixture of water and oil paint, as water based paints dry much faster than oil paints. These paintings would then be placed within narrow margins of humidity and temperature. These conditions would further allow the Renaissance artist to create intricate detail, which is so important to Renaissance art.

D. Renaissance oil paintings are often found in museums, galleries and public buildings such as palaces. This means the majority of artists worked during the Renaissance, but that doesn’t mean that all of their works are in these museums, galleries and public buildings. In order to support their argument that Renaissance artists did not paint for private enjoyment, museums and other places of worship cannot point to any historical evidence to show that this is so. Again, museums are not impartial sources of information; they are owned by business corporations and politicians. When this kind of politics comes about, the positions taken by the argumentative professors within these universities can be swayed to serve the powerful interests of the ruling class.

E. Finally, Renaissance paintings contain a wealth of historic, geographical, artistic and emotional data that cannot be easily explained by modern man. These data must be left in the capable hands of an enterprising and knowledgeable renaissance expert. The arguments of those who question the Renaissance’s ability to create art actually have a little more merit than points made within the previous six points. No one can successfully argue that Renaissance paintings are overly complex or complicated in their presentation. Renaissance experts, both academicians and laymen alike, can explain the position taken by the argumentative points presented above, without referring to any kind of geographical, artistic or historical data.

Renaissance oil paintings should not be underestimated or misrepresented. Renaissance artistry is not an invention of human creativity. Oil paintings, like all other forms of artwork, were created through the controlled and precise manipulation of certain raw materials, over a period of many years. The relatively wide fluctuations in temperature and humidity that occur across the world every day do not affect the ability of Renaissance artists to paint realistically, but Renaissance artists have known for a very long time that they could still paint even when there was relatively wide fluctuations in temperature, humidity and other natural factors around them.