The role of alchemy and chemistry in painting evolution


In this tutorial paper, a brief trip through the millennia of history is described to show how, beyond all doubt, the evolution of painting and the evolution of painting tools (pigments, resins and light sources) created by scientific discoveries are intimately tied. It is also demonstrated that knowledge of this relationship does not hinder the appreciation of painting, but instead makes it all the more worthy.

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Zecchina, A. The role of alchemy and chemistry in painting evolution. Rend. Fis. Acc. Lincei 25, 265–273 (2014).

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  • Painting
  • Pigments
  • Chemistry
  • Alchemy