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The origins of canvas prints and painting

Updated: Mar 8

A painting on canvas has its origins in the 16th century. At that time, Venetian painters were keen on using it as it was better than frescos (mural painting of fresh or wet plaster) and wood panels. Canvases were also large, cheap to make, and readily available—as they were also used for boat sails.

When artists began to experiment with oil paints during the Renaissance, they found that canvases were the best option for painting their work. They were cheaper than frescoes and wood panels at that time, as they were easily accessible materials. One cannot imagine what would've happened had it not been for canvas!

Canvas is an incredibly versatile medium, suited to everything from splashing paint in an abstract style to detailed scenes of reality. The origins of canvas are tied closely to the Renaissance painter Caravaggio, who first pioneered its use as a painting support.

A canvas is a rectangle or square piece of cloth, usually plain woven that has been stretched onto a wooden frame to allow the artist to paint on its surface. It is a term that derives from the Old French canevas meaning "woven cloth."

Since the 16th century canvas paintings have been used to decorate homes, offices and museums. Canvases are durable and easy-to-clean and are used in many different mediums including textiles, oil and acrylic paint.

I choose and love canvas as a material to paint on, as it provides that traditional look, feel, and joy of an old master painting. The comfort and feeling of framed canvas prints UK, in your home or office at an affordable price, can be yours from my shop. Order framed canvas prints in various sizes, which can come in box framed canvas prints too.

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