Re: Old Masters Skin Tones
Norm, you do know that the old masters' are the way they are because of age don't you? When painted most of their colors were just as bright as ours' are today. When paints age, a great deal, they darken because the binding agent, oil, evaporates. This is one of the reasons acrylic colors were so well accepted by the world, it was thought that the color would hold true longer. (also it did not smell so and was a lot easier to clean up)
One of the methods of restoring old painting is to remove the top most atom or two paint so the true colors show again. This is very destructive so if another way can be found it is used but some still resort to this method today.