More painting reconstructions: gilding and punching

Painting with egg tempera

Art Conservation in Action

In the previous post, I shared my experiences of making a reconstruction from a detail of Virgin Adoring the Child by Jacopo del Sellaio (dated c. 1473). While creating the copy, I learned about the materials and methods utilized for painting with egg tempera. The use of egg tempera is characteristic of early Italian paintings. Similarly, decorative gilding goes hand-in-hand with early Italian artworks. Halos of saints, fabrics, and even entire backgrounds can all be depicted in gold. A range of gilding techniques could be employed, depending on the visual effect the artist wanted to achieve.

Virgin and Child by Niccola di Pietro Gerini – Fitzwilliam Museum Virgin and Child by Niccola di Pietro Gerini – Fitzwilliam Museum

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