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The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting (Dover Art Instruction) Paperback – June 1, 1956
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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.
"A rich feast," The Times (London). "Enables the connoisseur, artist, and collector to obtain the distilled essence of Thompson's researches in an easily read and simple form," Nature (London). "A mine of technical information for the artist," Saturday Review of Literature.
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Don't get me wrong, it was fascinating, but not the how-to-paint in a medieval style manual that I had hoped.
A great reference if you want to take your life into your hands and cook up authentic medieval paints and pigments.
Mmmmm. Lead, Copper, Arsenic and Mercury, My Favorite!
Since most of the pigments mentioned are extremely toxic it's doubtful the book would be of much use except as a source of historical information. I, for one, would never have these pigments (lead, arsenic, mercury, etc) in my studio in powdered form. Very dangerous stuff!