GB: Currently exploring Italian icon painters – Veneziano and Duccio, Fra Angelico and Giotto. These artists were working at the same time, and often earlier than some of the more famous Russian icon painters, such as Rublev.
“…there was a fascinating “hybrid” cross-over of styles. This is shown, for instance, in the so called “Crusaders icons”, in the “Veneto-Byzantine tradition” shown in the works of Venetian painters like Paolo Veneciano and, of course, in the work of Duccio. If we compare for example the style of the work of these two artists to a 14 th century Byzantine icon we will see the intriguing “softening” of the edges of the folds. They all worked in egg tempera of course, and in the case of Duccio he had a different way of building the skin colour base and lights in the face. He started with a flat terra verte (mixed with a bit of white) colour, and over this he build up to the lights with the local flesh colours in a series of highly controlled light and dark coloured graduations, painted by little directional strokes or hatching technique.” (Guillem Ramos-Poquí. Retrieved from http://www.ramos-poqui.com/chart/)