Mural PaintingThe Art Of Painting - Mural Painting - 2, a brief series of articles on the art of painting and drawing
A running frieze simplifies for us the question of scale. Generally, in such cases, the heads should approach very nearly the upper limits, as with the Parthenon frieze, the most perfect example of the kind.
Realism is entirely incongruous. Rather is a degree of conventionalism and severity to be favoured ; for what is fitting in an easel picture should not be looked for in mural work. In a classic building, a classic spirit and calm is called for ; in a Gothic, something of the quaintness of Gothic forms ; in a Renaissance, an echo of the age.
The point of sight chosen should in almost all cases be placed longitudinally in the centre of the panel ; the height of the horizon high or low according to the level of the panel with the eye.
By the time, however, that you are commissioned to decorate a public building, you will have gone further than this manual can take you. In the meantime these few hints may smooth your way and advance you one step in the direction of decorative designing, and emphasise the significance of the study of architectural forms.
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