Published on February 5, 2013 01:00 PM
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During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the paint used by artists was prepared in the studio. The painter purchased pigment from apothecary shops and apprentices, who also prepared panels and grounds for the master painter, then prepared it for use as paint.
The oil paint used by artists from the 15th to 19th centuries consisted primarily of a single pigment and vegetable drying oil, although gums, proteins and resins were sometimes added for particular passages in