How Many Seals?

You can use as many seals on an artwork as you like. You might want a large seal for a large work of art or a small seal for a small work of art. Depending on the design you may need a seal with a light background or one with a dark background. You may want a round seal or one that’s square, rectangular, or an irregular shape. You may decide the piece requires more than one seal. So, as an artist you can never have too many seals. It is, though, quite possible to use too many on one work.

But the painter of the work illustrated below isn’t to blame for this profusion of seals, although it does make for an interesting composition. All of these seals have been added by later collectors who wanted to show that they had owned this famous artwork by adding their own seals to it.

Painting with too many seals

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