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Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting
[9780486203270]

Author:

Thompson, Daniel.

Summary:

Medieval painters built up a tremendous range of technical resources for obtaining brilliance and permanence. In this volume, an internationally known authority on medieval paint technology describes these often jealously guarded recipes, lists of materials, and processes. Based upon years of study of medieval manuscripts and enlarged by laboratory analysis of medieval paintings, this book discusses carriers and grounds, binding media, pigments, coloring materials, and metals used in painting.

It describes the surfaces that the medieval artist painted upon, detailing their preparation. It analyzes binding media, discussing relative merits of glair versus gums, oil glazes, and other matters. It tells how the masters obtained their colors, how they processed them, and how they applied them. It tells how metals were prepared for use in painting, how gold powders and leaf were laid on, and dozens of other techniques.

Simply written, easy to read, this book will be invaluable to art historians, students of medieval painting and civilization, and historians of culture. Although it contains few fully developed recipes, it will interest any practicing artist with its discussion of methods of brightening colors and assuring permanence.

Table of Contents for The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting

  • FOREWORD BY BERNARD BERENESON
  • PREFACE
  • INTRODUCTION
  • I. CARRIERS AND GROUNDS
  • II. BINDING MEDIA
  • III. PIGMENTS
  • IV. METALS

Further details:

  • Softcover: 339 pages
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: NA
  • ISBN-13: 9780486203270
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm

Staff Comments:

Reprint of a 1930s text discussing the materials and probable techniques used by medieval painters based on the scientific techniques of the first half of the 20th Century. Research since this period has superseded a proportion of the authors theories and opinions; still a solid and informative read. Indexed but no references or bibliography.

Period: 1000 - 1100 AD, 1100 - 1200 AD, 1200 - 1300 AD, 1300 - 1400 AD, 1400 - 1500 AD, 1500 - 1600 AD
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