Among the various techniques used for the gilding of a painting, the oil gilding technique involves the use of an oleo-resinous mordant to allow the adhesion of the gold leaf.
Among the techniques used for the gilding of a surface, water gilding, or bolus gilding, is the most widespread and appreciated.
In modern and specialized literature, the term “primer” indicates the finishing layer of a preparation, characterized by limited thickness and a smooth and uniform surface, in order to facilitate the gliding of brush strokes.
The “mestica” is a colored primer characterized by the use of fatty substances, clay, fixed oils or greasy paints, however quite distinct from the most ancient gypsum and glue preparation.
The operational precepts are extensively described by Cennino Cennini (The Book of Art, late Fourteenth Century) who, specifying the various fundamental phases for a preparation with gypsum and glue, handed down the customs typical of Mediterranean countries.
Tracing has been one of the most popular techniques to transfer a drawing to a new support without changing its scale. Already used in the Thirteenth – Fourteenth Century workshops, the system is well attested throughout the Renaissance …
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