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Egg tempera painting technique – Catherine of Aragon

I have been fascinated for quite a while with natural pigments & tempera painting technique but have no idea how to get about it so after following on Instagram someone who paints that way rupert_muldoon I decided today to look up the subject on Youtube got a bit carried away then came on to this video that caught immediately my eye for two reasons, one for the tempera & second, the way we can reveal today layers upon layer of a painting produced in 1496!
This gives me a different perspective, it teaches me that everyone in this profession needs to practice a lot of patience. Some works need many layers before we can be totally satisfied with the end result.
We have a tendency to think things come easy for those who are very talented & produce masterpieces but this proves us wrong, at least for the very detailed works.

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Published on 14 Apr 2013
Showing all the stages from underpainting to final glazes of the Portrait of an Infanta (Katherine of Aragon, aged 11) by Juan de Flandes, ca 1496.
Juan de Flandes (John of Flanders) was court painter to Isabella of Castile. He worked in oil on wood, so my egg tempera copy is not as smooth as the original.
Pigments (all natural): flake white, yellow ocher, burnt sienna, lazurite from Afghanistan, vermilion, indigo, light lead tin yellow.
With thanks to David Cranswick for excellent tuition.
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7 responses »

  1. Fascinating video!!

  2. Thank you for liking “First Day of Summer” and “June.” Nice video! 🙂 Yes, you are right about needing patience for this type of artwork! I am also impressed by the amount of work that went into this painting.


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