Oil on metal plate
16 artworks
Oil on metal plate art painting refers to the technique of applying oil paint on metal surfaces, typically copper or tin, as a base for creating artwork. This method originated in the European Renaissance, around the 15th century, as artists sought to explore alternative painting surfaces that provided longevity, enhanced luminosity, and a smooth texture. The practice gained popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries, with prominent artists like Jan Brueghel the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens employing this technique. The smooth metal surface allowed for greater detail and finer brushstrokes, while the reflective nature of the metal added vibrancy to the colors. The durability and resistance to humidity of metal plates also contributed to their appeal. Despite its decline in the 18th century due to the rise of canvas, oil on metal plate art has seen a resurgence in contemporary art, with artists appreciating its unique properties and historical significance.