PRESS

13/10/2009

Caravaggio percursore della fotografia

La Nazione Firenze

 

La Nazione explains the fascinating thesis supported by Susan Grundy (a scholar of the use optics by Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi), and Roberta Lapucci (SACI Conservation Department Head) that Caravaggio used a technique similar to photography to create his paintings: he projected images in a camera obscura. Thanks to mercury vapors or glue, and perhaps fixed by ordinary cooking salt, the image was visible for a certain lapse of time. He outlined the light parts of the composition with the luminous "bianco di venezia" (Venice white), comprised of lead white and barite, then finished the artwork outside the camera obscura once the image had vanished. This theory was presented at a press conference at SACI on October 12, 2009, together with the recently published proceedings from the Painted Optics Symposium, held at SACI in September 2008.

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