Traditional Painting: Materials, Methods, and Issues in Conservation
Instructor: Prof. Nikolas Vakalis
Mornings: Lectures 1.5 hours (SG208A)
Afternoons: 4 hours workshop (SG208B)
This course gives an in-depth understanding of traditional painting materials and techniques commonly used in Italy from the Classical Antiquity, to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Since this course is aimed primarily at people planning to study art conservation, the course also explores factors that hasten deterioration of the materials and the different approaches to their restoration. Four visiting lecturers will present various topics of interest to painted artifacts and restoration case studies (frescoes, panel paintings, canvas paintings).
This course could be of interest to students of fine arts, art restoration, painting, art history, art management and museum studies.
Summary of Lecture Content
Part 1. Traditional Methods and Materials in Painting
Pigments (organic and inorganic)
Varnishes and Glazes
Lime cycle and chemistry
Slaking and seasoning
Aggregates (natural and artificial, inert and hydraulic)
Painting on wood board using 14th century methods
Pigments and tempera binding
Gouache gilding method (bolo)
Mordant gilding method
Oil painting on canvas
Pigments and oil binders
Crushed bricks and others
See Syllabus SG208B
Description of Assignments
READINGS: Cenino Cenini, The Craftsman’s Handbook.