Green shadows

You’re a Renaissance artist. You have a very limited range of paint colours. How do you make shadows that aren’t muddy or too dark? Easy: you paint the shadows in a different colour.

Cangiante is the High Renaissance technique of painting shadows in a different hue, for example painting a yellow robe with green shadows. It is used extensively in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel paintings to give depth and detail without sacrificing light and vibrancy.

Michelangelo's Daniel
Michelangelo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s