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Thought the interview was unnecessary put it in as filler Thought it was all-encompassing and informative Pencil Silverpoint is a graphic medium which preceded the common lead pencil Instead of lead a point of silver wire is fixed in a wooden holder Since this will leave but the faintest trace on an ordinary paper surface a special ground must be prepared A paste of powdered bone or chalk mixed withwater and gum or starch is spread with a stiff brush in thin coats each coat being allowed to dry before another is applied to form a perfectly smooth and even surface The silverpoint is not so flexible a medium as pencil and erasure is practically impossible The pressure of the point on the ground demands careful control The main characteristics of silverpoint drawing are a fine clarity and delicate gray tonality In time the line turns brown through oxidation European artists of the 15th and 16th centuries often began their drawings in silverpoint finishing them with pen and ink Albrecht Drer1471-1528 took advantage of its indelible character in using it for sketch books during his travels Though popular during the Renaissance especially in the north with the Van Eycks active in the early 15th century and Rogier van der Weyden c1399-1464 silverpoint fell into disuse in succeeding periods It was revived from time to time notably by Hendrik Goltzius 1558-1617 Rembrandt 1606-1669 and Alphonse Legros 1837-1911 In the 20th century it is being
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