The Atelier Neo Medici is a private art school in the Southwest of France.
The Atelier teaches a specific approach to painting known as the "technique mixte", which has its antecedents with the early Northern Masters (Jan van Eyck). This technique employs a tempera underpainting over which oil colours are glazed. The technique enables the artist to achieve a profoundly intricate level of detail and greater luminosity of colour than oil paint alone can produce.
THE "ATELIER NEO-MEDICI" BELIEVES THAT IN ORDER TO CREATE CONSTANT ART, i.e., ART WHICH TRANSCENDS THE FASHIONABLE,IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE ARTIST TO HAVE HAD A COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUND IN TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES. THE QUALITY OF A PAINTING CAN BE ASSESSED IN TERMS OF IT'S TECHNICAL VIRTUOSITY e.g. COMPOSITION AND COLOUR HARMONY OR TREATMENT OF LIGHT. AS PLATO WROTE: "THE GOOD IS THE BEAUTIFUL".
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