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Originally a literary term, it was first used in relation to the visual arts in the Renaissance in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519).
According to da Vinci's theory of Decorum, the gestures which a figure makes must not only demonstrate feelings, but must be appropriate to age, rank, and position.
Maintaining an abundant stock of images on spec may have been a expedient to entice prospective buyers. , the brown (raw umber and/or black) dead-color filled two functions: the broader areas of dark brown paint represented the masses of shadows with the light buff color of the ground serving as the lights.
In the early , a carefully brushed underdrawing was followed by a monochrome dead-coloring in order to determine the essential forms of the composition.
Some of the dead-coloring can be made out here and there through abraded paint layers.
It has been remarked that more than one passage in appears unfinished and that this allows us to have a glimpse at Vermeer's underpainting although it is not out of the question that early restoration may be partially responsible for the loss of the uppermost paint layers.
Here and there on the carpet's fore side we may observe the initial accents of local color.The massive wooden window frame and the deep shadowed area of the carpet correspond rather closely to our idea of Vermeer's underpainting method.Neither of these two areas is defined according to the artist's habitual standard of finish.Decorum also determined that a pictorial or sculptural subject was suitable for an architectural setting, such as Vulcan's forge over a fireplace, or that kinds of buildings are fitting in urban or rural contexts or appropriate for persons of certain status.Liturgical functions influenced by decorum dictate the placement of paintings, mosaics and sculpture in religious buildings.