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When tapestry became a luxurious and exclusive artistic production major artists were hired to paint original cartoons for the wealthiest requests.
The preparatory drawing was later sized to reach the final requirement.
The artist produced a large cartoon painted on thick paper.
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The painting techniques used were mainly ‘a gouache’ a dense tempera, or oil painting.
The painting was placed below the loom and the weavers copied the colours below the warp.
Some of the greatest artists producing tapestry’s cartoons were: Bramantino, Giampietrino, Ferrari, Mantegna, Parmigianino, Cosme tura, Rubens, Raphael, Pontormo, Bronzino, Pietro da Cortona, Vouet and most recently Goya, Picasso, Mirò.