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The Practice of Tempera Painting: Materials and Methods
Tempera painting, the method in which colors are mixed with some binding material other than oil (primarily egg yolk), is the earliest type of painting known to man. The wall paintings of ancient Egypt and Babylon are tempera, as are many of the paintings of Giotto, Lippi, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, and many other masters. But in spite of the time-proven exce ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 1st 1962 by Dover Publications
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Daniel Thompson was an excellent writer. There's a factual, but informal quality about his writing that makes it very enjoyable. In addition to a pleasant conversational tone the information is concise, helpful, and fascinating. The section on gold-leafing techniques was especially useful. For remote materials, instructions are given on making your own. It is a great historic overview and instructional manual. You can't beat that.