Artists were trained in the same way craftsmen were trained in the Middle Ages. Young boys became apprentices in their master’s workshop at about the age of twelve or thirteen. They learned to grind colours for the paint and to practice correct drawing on tablets. Later, they learned the recipes for mixing the various colours and were taught how to paint frescoes.
Once apprentices were trained, they became members of the guild. This allowed them to work in the town as journeymen. Remember that name? That was a pay by day job! They could also become masters and train their own apprentices once they completed a masterpiece!
Ha! Let’s just hope neither of these were considered masterpieces haha!
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