The Dutch painted upon wooden planks when the rest of Europe had moved to canvas because on wood, every brush stroke can be seen when held against the light at the correct angle. Sir Peter Paul Rubens who was a Flemish artist and is considered by experts to be the most influential artist of Flemish Baroque artwork, painted most of his best work upon wood. Rubens loved to paint upon smooth surfaces, and wooden panels allowed for this as well as the fact that a wooden canvas made it easier to pain...
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