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Poster: Annejke@prodigy.com (MS MARTHA L WALLENHORST)

> Just a quick "Here, here" to that! Can I be bloody tired of the 
focus on
> Italy too?

Absolutely.  :)  Welcome to the Northern Europe Fan Club.  

> The Flemish artists tried to replicate nature a full century before 
> Italians-- perfect perspective isn't everything.

The Flemish artists also developed oil paints and were using them a 
century before the Italians, who kept using egg tempera. Speaking as 
a cranky medievalist <tm> and someone who's done her time in the 
studios, I'll take that Flemish innovation over the old-fashioned 
any day.  Oils are much easier to manipulate. 


This is exactly why I went Dutch.  The Dutch did all kinds of things 
first.  I am always told that my costumes are wrong, that the English 
or French didn't have that style until post period.  I smie and say 
the Dutch did and pull out my docs.  I got tired of egg tempra in 
college and only teach it now when the curreculum demands it.  I feel 
the frozen north (outside of viking culture) is entirely to ignored.  

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