The Word of the Day comes from "THE RABBITS" by Sophie Everett. It should be published around 02/07/21.
THE BIRTH OF VENUS by Sandro Botticelli, tempera on canvas 1486
Tempera, also known as egg tempera, is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder medium, usually glutinous material such as egg yolk. Tempera also refers to the paintings done in this medium.
Because of the binding tempera paintings are very long lasting and were the main medium used up until the 1500's when they were replaced with oil paints.
Tempera painting was the main medium used for panel painting and illuminated manuscripts in the Early Renaissance Europe.
There are many artists who still use this medium today because of its colour vibrancy and its lengthy duration. Plus the appeal of working with a medium from so long ago.
a detail of VIRGIN AND CHILD WITH FOUR SAINTS by Sassetta, tempera on wood 1435.