The oldest surviving wood panel paintings are painted tablets from Greece. Early forms of wood panel paintings were religious images creating altar backs, altar fronts, and crucifixes in churches. Later, artists employed wood panels of smaller sizes for portraits, and miniatures for illuminated manuscripts. The most famous wood panel portrait is Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
By the 16th century, canvas replaced wood panels as the favored support media for painters. Flemish and Dutch Realist artists continued using wood panels for small works and miniatures. Over the centuries canvas continued to be the king of support media, but today that has changed. The resurgence of wood panels for painting threatens canvas' reign.
Wood panels are strong, rigid, and easily accepts a variety of paints from oils to watercolors. Panels showcase detailed and fine brushwork. The grain of the wood itself can be incorporated into the art for a unique finish. Photographers have now adapted wood panels into their work.
As an alternative to framing, wood panels appear to float on the wall. They have a natural, yet contemporary look. Completely sustainable and eco-friendly, wood panels give photographs a longevity and durability that will keep them looking fresh for years to come. Plus, wood panels go with any decor.
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