TIN-RELIEF DECORATION AND MEDIEVAL EUROPEAN ART, 1250-1550 (ABSTRACT)
Jilleen NadolnyThe Courtauld Institute, Department of Conservation and Technology, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, United Kingdom
To date, the extensive use of tin in the polychromy and paintings of the high and late Middle Ages has not been fully recognised. The physical properties of tin were widely exploited by medieval artists, primarily to aid in the mass production of relief applications. Beaten into thin sheets of foil, tin was imprinted with low relief designs, then glazed or gilded, and used to embellish everything from paintings to interior architecture. Due to problems related to the degradation of tin, such decorations are often in poor condition and retain little of their original splendour. This talk will describe the various uses of tin in polychromy and trace the history of the application of these techniques in the major art producing centres of central Europe.
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