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"For 11 years, Fels searched through volumes of 17th-century texts and notes, written in languages other than English, each requiring translation. This superhuman effort produced what could be one of the most important texts on the formulas and techniques employed by great masters".
- B. Eric Rhoads, Plein Air magazine, October 2004 (Posted and used by Alchemist Mediums with permission.)
"Artists have long speculated on the materials and techniques used by the Old Masters as they try to duplicate the appearance of paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer or Van Dyck. Now Donald C. Fels Jr. has produced evidence of the secrets of the Flemish masters, publishing them in a 386-page book along with an english translation of a 17th century manuscript on the craft of painting."
- This review originally appeared in the January 2004 issue of American Artist, page 64. Copyright VNU Business Media. (Posted and used by Alchemist Mediums with permission.)
"This is a very important book, one that is essential for both libraries and individuals".
- Patricia Railing, The Art Book, Review of Lost Secrets of Flemish Painting, The Art Book, Volume 12, Issue 3. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DQ UK (Posted and used by Alchemist Mediums with permission.)
This book is very insightful. It gives a very technical analysis of wet in to wet and glazing painting techniques, along with some very useful recipes. However, one should avoid the recipe for amber varnish painting medium. It is completely useless and will only yield a pitch black medium. I have been looking for books on the painting techniques of the old masters. I thought this would give me some guidance as to their methods. For the most part, I was not disappointed. I would recommend it as an essential read for anyone studying the atelier/or salon methods of painting and art.