Recommended Reading (Booklist)
Artists’ Pigments (A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics) Robert L. Feller, Editor. National Gallery of Art, Washington.
For the practicing artist to learn a pigment’s colour, hiding power, lightfastness, toxicity, compatibility.
For the art historian to know how an artist worked, what pigments were used, whether they were pure or mixed, opaque of transparent, layered or not. For the conservator to devise techniques necessary for care and conservation of works of art; to determine what is original, to repair damages, to compensate for missing portions of a painted surface.
For the curator / connoisseur to know the history of the manufacture, use, and availability of pigments in order to authenticate and assign probable dates to works of art.
For the conversation scientist to learn identification methods used, including optical microscopy, microchemical tests, x-ray diffraction, infrared and reflectance spectrohotometry, and electron micrscopy. 300 pages.
Available at selected stockist: £25.00
Painting Materials (a short encyclopedia) Rutherford J. Gettens and George L. Stout.
Available in selected stockist: £7.95
The Materials of the Artist and their use in Painting, Max Doerner
Available at selected stockist: £9.95
Formulas for Painters, Robert Massey.
These recipes – some dating as far back as the Renaissance – have been tested by artists through the ages and retested by the author under controlled laboratory conditions. 223 pages.
It is available in most stockist: £12.95
The Artist’s Assistant (Oil Painting Instruction Manuals and Handbooks in Britain 1800-1900 With Reference to Selected Eighteenth-century Sources). Leslie Carlyle
Available at The National Gallery (London) bookstore: £85.00