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Old 10-12-10, 12:04 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Alstead, NH & Zirahuen, Mexico
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Hello Alessandra,

I too have seen those Fayum egg tempera portraits at the Met - they are some of my favorites, just gorgeous. But they are relatively recent (!), so to speak, when it comes to Egyptian art. Have you ever seen artwork from the earlier Egyptian dynasties labeled as tempera? That's what I'm particularly curious about. I often hear people talk about the "ancient Egyptians" using it, and I'm sure they did, but I would love to see examples.

Your point is a good one about the damp wall on the Last Supper. My understanding is that, not wanting to bother with fresco, Leonardo worked directly with tempera and oil on top of the dried plaster wall, and that is in part what led it to fall apart so quickly - the binder and ground didn't gel. Anybody else know more about what happened there?

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