What is underpainting and the difference between Bistre, Grisaille and Verdaccio

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Underpainting gets its name because it is painting that is intended to be painted over wet-in-wet glazes with very thin layers of color.

This lesson explains the different underpainting techniques used by Titian, Rembrandt and Caravaggio. You will learn about how and where it is used, and what types of painting can be painted using this method.


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The monochromatic painting technique (called Bistre), was done entirely in shades of grey, not unlike a black and white photograph. 

A shade of brown made from soot, or the name for a color resembling the brownish pigment. Bistre’s is a transparent, dark brown with yellow undertones.

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Vermeer generally used black and brown in his underpainting. (Bistre) It is believed that artists once kept a number of under paintings in their studio waiting for clients’ interest before completing the painting with full color and detail.

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Portrait Painting for Dummies

Paint like a master with your new understanding of underpainting and the difference between Bistre, Grisaille, and Verdaccio.

What is Under Painting?

Underpainting gets its name because it is painting that is intended to be painted over wet-in-wet glazes with very thin layers of color.

There is a popular misconception that underpainting should be monochromatic, perhaps in gray-scales.  This technique was pioneered by Titian in the High Renaissance. The colors of the underpainting will influence the glazes or overpainting, without the danger of the colors physically blending and becoming muddy. If underpainting is done properly, it facilitates overpainting.