Thursday, 3 April 2014

#26 DE-2962599 21 March 2013

Danke, Renate!

Postcard : CARTOONS FROM CHILDHOOD by Santilopez
Sent : 3 March 2014 (from Germany)
Received : 21 March 2013
Distance : 11,465 km (7,124 miles)
Travelling : 18 days

Cartoon (from Italian "cartone" and Dutch word "karton", meaning strong, heavy paper or pasteboard) is a full-size drawing made on sturdy paper as a study or modello for a painting, stained glass or tapestry. Cartoons were typically used in the production of frescoes, to accurately link the component parts of the composition when painted on damp plaster over a series of days (giornate).
Such cartoons often have pinpricks along the outlines of the design; a bag of soot was then patted or "pounced" over the cartoon, held against the wall to leave black dots on the plaster ("pouncing"). Cartoons by painters, such as the Raphael Cartoons in London and examples by Leonardo da Vinci, are highly prized in their own right. Tapestry cartoons, usually coloured, were followed by eye by the weavers on the loom.

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