Nowadays the range of media and paints used by artists varies considerably but in previous centuries oil paints were the only type used. Colored pigments from various sources were blended with dry oil to produce brilliant and resistant paints that could be applied to both canvass and wood.
Chief among those using this type of paint were the Northern Europeans in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance painters of Italy. This short piece will look at some of the most renowned oil paintings from these two periods of art history.
The Most Famous Medieval and Renaissance Oil Paintings
Oil paintings in the Middle Ages were predominantly painted by a group of artists living in the Low Countries. They are known as the Flemish Primitives. The most magnificent of all those paintings has to be ‘The Lamb of God’.