Near Infrared Reflectography reveals underdrawings and underpaintings that shed light on the truthfulness of Kane's art and his struggle for composition.
Near Infrared Reflectography opens new windows into understanding Kane's art revealing his sense of art and documentation, the development of his own aesthetic values, his response to patronage pressure, and his steadfastness to a realized vision.
reveals Northern building-up of thin layers of oil glazes over a precise underdrawing in the Virgin's face, and thickly applied glazes over a generalized underdrawing in the figure of Christ, in the manner of Italo-Byzantine painting.
Kenneth presented Ghosts and Metamorphoses: Paul Kane's First Brush at the Yukon School of Visual Arts--an examination of Kane's oil paintings as revealed though infrared reflectography (IRR).
This is also the subject of our forthcoming exhibition and catalogue The First Brush: Paul Kane and Infrared Reflectography.
Images made using infrared reflectography
provide a peek at the drawings beneath his paintings, and discussion also includes Van Gogh's drawing materials--observations as well as scientific analyses.
Only in recent years have scientific studies using radiography, infrared reflectography
, and the chemical analysis of pigments provided information about the material nature of Velazquez's paintings that could not earlier have been discerned through even the most careful observation.
This figure - simulating a painting on paper - is seen in radiographs and in infrared reflectography
, while the blue ground is a pentimento visible as the color underlying the final layer of white.
The results were included in the show, and ranged from infrared reflectography
, xradiography, and dendrochronological evaluation.
Nevertheless a current surfaces, the "scientific" approach, based upon the newer technical and technological tools, like infrared reflectography
and the study of pouncing, which also mirror an interest in techniques, as the kinds and combinations of instruments used by the artist to produce his drawing, for example.