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Coins were made of pieces of gold, silver, or bronze, known as blanks, which were cast or cut to specific weights. To make a coin, a blank was sandwiched between a pair of dies with engraved designs...
Video: Coin Production in the Roman World
See another Prout's Neck watercolor in which Homer made extensive use of chalk resist.
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Video: Chalk Resist
Aaron Penley, the author of a popular nineteenth-century watercolor manual, explained how to recover light areas from dry washes: “One can readily take out lights, either sharp and decided, with the...
Video Demonstration: Wet Scraping
See another example of infrared photography that reveals minimal underdrawing.
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Video: Infrared Photography
English watercolor artists of Homer’s era commonly used sandpaper as a reductive tool. One popular authority wrote that, when “carefully employed,” it “is one of the most successful ways by which...
Video Demonstration: Sanding
Painting wet-on-wet involves introducing a new wash into one that is still wet, allowing colors to run and blend without solid boundaries. Complete control is impossible, but the unpredictable...
Video Demonstration: Wet-on-Wet
Laying a flat wash is a fundamental technique for depicting sky and water in a landscape painting. After crossing the length of the sheet with her brush, which is loaded with color, the painter...
Video Demonstration: Laying a Flat Wash
Ellsworth Kelly's White Curve was conceived specifically for the Modern Wing's new Pritzker Garden. Made of painted aluminum and 54 feet in length, this monumental sculpture is the largest...
There's more to mosaics than meets the eye. The design and arrangement of hundreds or thousands of tesserae (stone or glass cubes) was a complex process involving meticulous planning. However, before...
Video: Making Ancient and Byzantine Mosaics
In the ancient Mediterranean world, the earliest-known mosaics, which date to the 8th century B.C., were made of large, water-smoothed pebbles arranged in geometric patterns. Over time, they were...
Video: Ancient and Byzantine Mosaic Materials
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