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Old 04-25-2012, 02:13 AM
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Recreating a historical Renaissance Easel ??? Help

Hi Guys,

Am after some links, advice, images, help.

I have been loosely involved in Historical Reenactment for a number of years. Being an ex history teacher (now nurse) i love exploring the past.

I now have found my love of painting and really want to combine my two hobbies.

I want to be able to paint at the Medieval Festival (Abbey Festival) held in July.

I can sort out paints, palatte, chairs, canvas (or panel in this case) and outfit. What i can NOT do is the easel.

I'm struggling to find a picture or information on a late medieval - early Renaissance easel. I assume they havn't changed too much, but i need it to be accurate or i can't go. It needs to be as close to 1460- 1485 as possible. On the earlier side rather than the later as well.

Does anyone have any links, advice, images or knowledge about what i could do? - I have found a couple of images. LINK TO BLOG POST HERE about some slightly later ones, but i really need more help. Especially with the ? Hinge part at the top and the part where the painting sits on.

I assume that we are looking at a A frame construction with holes on either side of the front boards so you can put big pins in to place a plank accross and put on the painting.
However as you can see i can't see the top attachement, too much of the support and it is several years too late.

Any help/ advice appreciate. If this would be better served in another forum please let me know.

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Re: Recreating a historical Renaissance Easel ??? Help

My guess is that the back leg is inserted into the upper cross bar similar to a mortice and tendon join. This type of join has been around since ancient Egypt. Pretty much drill a hole and insert peg, kinda the way the canvas is supported. But then again this is just my guess. If I were you I'd do a search on the history of woodworking joints, something like that, in the period you're interested in. Good luck, sounds like a lot of fun!
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I looked at the easel some more and I think it might be all mortice & tenon joints.....I say that since it looks like that was the join used, to me it seems logical to use the same method to attach the back leg. It's a nice strong join, been around for thousands of years, can be taken apart and put back together again. Here's a Wikilink on mortise & tenon joint.



Maybe someone will come along with more historical information, maybe even have an old easel and can share its secrets.
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Re: Recreating a historical Renaissance Easel ??? Help

Hi guys,

Thanks for the comments. They did use a lot of joints that "slotted together" Obviously no screws in that time. I have a lot of period furniture and they certainly seemed to use that.

hmmm... more investigation me thinks.

I found one further picture from closer to the year that i need:


Obviously the drawing in this case is lacking a bit so it makes it more difficult.

Any other advice??

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Re: Recreating a historical Renaissance Easel ??? Help

I found another picture. I can't find where this picture is from. Does anyone know when it was made?

The costume would suggest that it is 1400's and before the date that i need. However i would like to know for certain.

Any suggestions about the picture date or more about the easel?

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oh by the way i am only assume that the drawing is authentic.




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The painting does seem familiar, but it's been a good 25 yrs since my last art history class, and those books are long gone. Sorry I can't be of more help.
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Re: Recreating a historical Renaissance Easel ??? Help

Perhaps cross-posting in Art History Discussions might also bring other help to you, some of the artists and others over there are very well versed in history.

Colleges with a large Medieval Studies program may be a place to search.

If there is a learning institution near you, perhaps call them and talk to the Art Dept, too, especially inquire who teaches Art History classes.

There were probably not any artists in residence in Australia during that period in Australia.... but Englishmen (and ..women) do love their history and I suspect a search of the databases might reveal much, and there were many court painters in that period.

I would try for the "look" rather than exact reproduction, after all, who would know?
and I would use a very blackened sooty dark stain on the wood, rubbing in ashes into the stain and the dull varnish really helps with 'aging'.

Let us see what the final result is, this is an interesting project

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found these in my art history text book, then 'borrowed 'the images from the web for you...hope this helps
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Oh fabulous Greg! Who did #4?
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Jan_Gossaertor_Jennyn_van_Hennegouwe is what is on the photo
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Thanks a bunch, didn't find it on an internet search.
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Hi guys, thanks for the images Greg!! (somehow WC didn't send me an email to say you had replied to the post... random)

I didn't have the middle ones so many thanks !!

I found a really good search algorithm. "St Luke painting..." St Luke was patron of artists, so he "paints" lots of pictures of the virgin --> lots of portraits of him at his easel. So that is really good. I think i have just about enough to recreate the easel itself soon. I can't wait. I'll certainly post pictures here for you all to see. It's very exciting.

Now it is time to research paint brushes and other materials:-)

good to know that the good ole "steady stick" hasn't changed a jot!

As for painting the pictures themselves i will recreate paintings from the time to start with before i try and "create the look" myself. I want to get them between the brights of the originals and the slightly dulled versions of today. I think some light glazes will be well used :-)



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Oh this is perhaps the best one i have found.

St Luke painting the virgin in 1470ish. PERFECT time line!!



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