We found that the two main characteristics of the paintings for sale of this period: the rigorous scientific modeling layout, and soft and balanced colors. Because during this period the color theory were stressed on the composition of the painting and all the colors must be interrelated to form a unified result. Leonardo da Vinci made it clear that: a large area should use soft colors, high concentration color was only suitable for use in the small place. And he also stressed: for two or more color coordination, they must be balanced with each other in the main aspects.
It can be said that these statements of Leonardo da Vinci almost summarized the basic spirit of color theory at that time.It seems that these theories still have strong academic guidance significance. They appear to be simple and popular, but for hundreds of years, few artists could really understand their essence. Deliberate pursuit of color balance often loses distinctive personality and causes the mediocrity of oil painting reproductions. Therefore future critics argued that the painters of the Renaissance showed a high level in the composition but low in color performance. This comment is not unreasonable.
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