Paintings are the first thing which come to mind when someone refers to antique art. This is because antique paintings have a special charm and really give the finishing touch to a room. Paintings are a wonderful way to personalize your home, make great gifts and are always in vogue.
Paintings in oil are thought to have originated in Europe, oil paints were used by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. It was found that different textures and colors could be employed in this medium.
Somtimes the frames used for oil paintings are more impressive than the paintings themselves. Framing began in the 16th century and from the 17th century onwards many frames for oil paintings were gilt, that is covered in gold leaf, or finished in silver to give the appearance of gold. This gold leaf was attached by oil gilt with a combination of water gilt.
Decorative antique paintings show timeless beauty providing a link with the past and sometimes great financial reward for the owners. Every oil painting is a unique impression of the world as the artist sees it.
Oil paintings can be corrected and altered as the artist works as oil takes a long time to dry. This is not the case with water colors which dry very quickly.
Oil paintings can really make a difference to one’s decor. Oil paintings or wall hangings can transform a room and be used as a reminder of special occasions or friends. Oil paintings are usually done on canvas stretched over a wooden frame.
www.oldplank.com has an extensive range of antique paintings in different styles that appeal to many different tastes. Enjoy the feel of this rich and wonderful art form, bringing warmth and tradition to one’s home.
These antique paintings vary in price depending on their age and condition; vintage oil paintings tend to be less expensive but overall condition is important. Careful restoration often enhances the value of old paintings in excess of the cost of restoration.
There is always a place for antique oil paintings and one can find them at affordable prices making it possible to have them as part of your home decor. They can also be hung in the office or work area where they are always appreciated.