From the blue pigment smalt to technical imaging techniques, choose a theme below to explore a Rembrandt portrait in the National Gallery collection.
- The analysis of paint materials
- What is paint?
- The blue pigment: smalt
- The cleaning of a painting
- Technical imaging techniques
In each section, you will find a range of images and explanations. If you click on the caption below each image, you will be taken to a web page where you can use the zoom function to get closer to the paintings and study details close up.
We have also provided a word bank for you, which includes all glossary terms highlighted in the resource, and a PowerPoint presentation with further information about a selection of the images. You can download both and share with your class, simply click on the links on the right hand side of this page.
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