The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques  

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The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques is a reference book by Ralph Mayer. Intended by the author for use by professional artists, it deals mostly with the chemical and physical properties of traditional painterly materials such as oil, tempera, and solvents. It also has extensive coverage of ancillary activities such as stretching canvas, care and maintenance of tools, and conservation of older paintings.

Originally published in 1940, the Handbook was referred to as the "painter's bible" at the time, and continues to be have a place on the reading list in American universities to this dayTemplate:Ref. It underwent three extensive revisions in his lifetime, and fifth posthumous edition is still in print.





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