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Reverse painting on glass has been a form of artistic expression since ancient times. It is difficult to precisely date a number of works of art much older.

Art history has shown that painting on glass became quite fashionable in Italy during the Renaissance. Italian painting of glass during the 14th and 15th centuries were associated with Venice and the Island of Murano. These paintings were mostly later miniatures began to be used as alters and reliquaries in churches. Little Recently, a more traditional approach began to develop in which artists copied beloved landscapes or portraits and biblical scenes.

In the 17th century painting on glass had spread to Austria and the characteristics of this work began to be influenced by a more popular form of art that also led to the development of industries small family of painters on glass.

In Europe, the painting technique is to reverse this time came as far north as the time of Poland.In glass-making was carried out with methods that gave a very characteristic appearance of glass because the glass blowing and it did. There was some problems creating sufficiently high temperatures, which allowed the successful merger of the chemicals that were used, and therefore allows the identification paintings on glass of a much earlier period.

Knowledge of the painting on glass began to spread through Europe in the glass manufacturers are forced to migrate due to the decrease in the supply of quartz sand, or where wood supply is failing to prevent them from building fires that needed to make glass. With increasingly efficient transport of border taxes began to increase and the necessary chemical additives became more expensive. This led to constant movement and migration of glass makers in Europe.

The technique of painting on glass has created its own cultural art history not only in Europe but also in India, China and the Far East, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa.

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Extract from “A guide to reverse painting on glass” at [http://www.mayannemackay.com]

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Copyright Mayanne Mackay 2009

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