Oil Painting

If we revisit the great world history, we can find how much respect Oil painting as an art has. Although oil painting was first used between the fifth and tenth centuries, it did not gain popularity until the 15th century during the European Renaissance period, a period known for the subsequent rise of oil painting. Leonardo da Vinci and Raphaelthe great painters emerged during this period can be credited for the emergence and popularity of this very art form.

Leonardo da Vinciimmortalized oil painting in the form of Mona Lisawhich according to its Wikipedia page has been acclaimed as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, and the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world. And who can forget the famous oil painting The Raising of the Cross by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. If you see an oil painting you will notice that they will have a slight yellow tinge to them. This is due to the color of the oil and this yellow tinge will go on increasing till it gets dry, but it looks superb with that tinge. Subtle blends can be easily created because this art is said to possess a slow drying nature. One interesting trivia about Oil Painting is that Oil paint dries by oxidation, not evaporation, and is usually takes two to three weeks to get dried enough to be touched. Ironically the art conservators do not consider an oil painting completely dry until it is 60 to 80 years old, isn’t that a huge time?