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FLEMISH MASTER'S 7-LAYER TECHNIQUE

   Flemish masters of the Renaissance and Boroque periods found that the translucent surfaces found in nature could be better rendered by adding a reflective "dead" layer to their paintings.  The so-called Flemish master's 7-layer technique, as popularized by modern interpreters such as Alexei Antonov, incorporates an imprimatura drawing, two umber layers, two grisaille layers, and two color layers.  The technique creates a lustrous patina that simulates translucence.